Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1,39-56
Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant;
from this day all generations will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel ,
remembering his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Mary lifts us up
1) On the way and in a hurry: She has all this youthful enthusiasm; She is full of hope and enthusiasm because what she is living is something extraordinary; and she also knows that what is happening to Elizabeth is something that escapes predictable, normal life. So, get excited again! Your mission in this world is not finished yet. Do not let yourself down; don’t waste time turning ideas around in your head. You have a mission: you must preach Jesus with your life, as Mary did. Keep going even if you come across a bumpy patch: like not getting a job, not knowing what will happen in your country, dealing with difficult people or living with them, etc. Don’t let these things take away the joy of your mission and the enthusiasm of life. No one can take this away from you. Nobody can rob you of the joy of giving your life with enthusiasm.
2) the baby leaped in her womb :
What a beautiful image! See how God touches the life of Elizabeth and John; two lives touched by joy. I know that to have joy is something that costs us every day; and I don’t mean a smile or laugh, but the positive attitude to find a solution to things; to jump into life and really live. Today, ask Mary to help you to be joyful, to bring joy and enthusiasm into your life and into the lives of those around you. Don’t be a pessimist or a sad Christian… remember that you are taking Jesus to others.
3) Happy: if we take a look at Mary, we will understand that happiness is not about having it all … happiness is knowing how to have the “All” in your life. God wants you the way you are. Do not stop looking up… seek happiness… knowing that it is through struggle and humility that everything is achieved. It is in understanding that you are in need of God, where you find greatness… your greatness. Mary takes you to Jesus. This day, ask Mary for the Joy to be able to give; Peace to face difficulties, and Faith to continue.
May God bless you: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Greetings to Paraguay, Guatemala and any other country celebrating their patronal feast day of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.