Blessed to be Blessed – Willy Samson, SJ

Luke 1:39-56, Feast of the Assumption

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We come to her today with great desire to imitate her in following her Son Jesus. Let me give four points for consideration in our prayer today.

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ASSISTANCE. Our gospel begins with Mary running in haste to see her cousin Elizabeth. Upon learning from Angel Gabriel that Elizabeth was pregnant in her old age, she immediate went “in haste” to assist her cousin. Mary was also pregnant, yet she forgot herself and think of Elizabeth. Love knows no delay nor slowness. Everything is urgent and now.

Are you aware of God’s blessings in your life. Are you aware that God blessed us with plenty in order to bless others? When God showered us with his graces, he intends us to be the bridge of God’s love to others. Do you feel that urgency to bless and assist others?

BRINGING JESUS. Mary’s intention was simple – to assist Elizabeth in her first three months of pregnancy. Out of her great love for her cousin, Mary went in haste. But in coming to Elizabeth, she was also bringing the savior in her womb to Elizabeth. Mary’s visit becomes a divine consolation to Elizabeth, for her simple visit becomes the great visitation of God.

Are you aware that we bring Jesus each time we leave our comfort zones to assist the needy? Each time we visit someone in their misery, we bring God’s presence in their midst.

THE FRUIT OF GOD’S VISIT. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greetings, the child in her womb leapt for joy! Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary, but the little John in her womb, recognized the presence of the Savior in Mary’s womb.

Have you seen the joy of others with your unexpected appearance in their midst? Through your compassion and merciful act, they recognized God’s mercy emanating in your goodness. In doing so, we bring glory to God.

THE CAUSE OF BEING BLESSED. When Elizabeth felt the greetings of Mary, the child in her womb jumped for joy. At this point, Elizabeth gave us the main reason of Mary’s blessedness, “Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Elizabeth’s joyful proclamation gives us the possibility of being blessed like Mary, … BELIEVE IN OUR HEARTS, THAT THE PROMISES OF GOD WOULD BE FULFILLED IN OUR MIDST.

Are we a firm believer of the promises of God for us? Like Mary, without any doubt, do we look forward to the fulfillment of his Words in us? If you’re a firm believer, then you are also blessed.

The assumption of Mary to heaven was basically an UNMERITED GRACE given to her by God. But such grace is also rooted in her OBEDIENCE AND HER UNWAVERING DESIRE TO LOVE OTHERS. We dream of our own assumption to heaven. Our love and devotion to God may not suffice to merit heaven. Everything is grace, freely given to us. But as sons and daughters of God, and like Mary, our recognition of God’s blessings in our life, is more than enough to propel us to live a holy obedient life.

“The almighty God has done great things for me. Holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49).

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