Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Assumption

Luke 1:39-56

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Bernadette Janssens

Published: August 15, 2018

Read Luke 1:39-56

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Read More…


"Happy are you, Mary, in the glory of your Son.” The best explanation of this mystery is that God alone does wondrous deeds. Yes, happy are those who listen to the word of God and keep it. 

Mary welcomed the announcement made by the Angel Gabriel and all that it implied for the future.  That is to say, from the cross to glory - the glory of today!

A vocation is always a discovery.  Each one of us has this experience of call.  Mary too had to discover her path – one which encompassed many events.  Discover and believe.  And there were many things to believe, to hope, to love.  The true greatness of Mary rests in her faith.  It was because of this that she was able to truly sing the Magnificat.  

The Gospel of today enables us to listen to the conversation between Mary and her cousin.  Elizabeth admired Mary who praised God who had done great things for her. 

Today the liturgy enhances the opportunities for us to celebrate these marvels of God.   Deeply engaged in the redemptive incarnation, Mary could participate equally in the resurrection of her Son.

Each of us, too, is promised this blessed ending.  Let us therefore sing with Mary the hymn: Magnificat!  Blessed are those who have believed!

Suddenly while writing I spontaneously thought of St. Joseph.  We cannot forget him and his place in this story.  He, too, was given a charge – a place in this great mystery.  He was both protector and guardian.  He was truly at Mary’s side – totally available.    For the Sisters of Notre Dame, Mary has a very special meaning.  May the peace brought by Mary guard, accompany and guide us all throughout our lives. 

How good is the Good God who has given us such a mother as witness of her experience!  She calls to us as we advance along the path God shows us. 

Happy Feast to all!



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