Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Reflection for Monday August 15, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Luke 1:39-56

Gospel: 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. 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, “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 the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has 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 for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
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Reflection:
Selfless love for others is a rare virtue nowadays; what we have now is the me first or self centered attitude. Before we give ourselves to others we see to it that we are first taken care of. It’s our need first before the needs of others we seldom become a person for others anymore.

 We thus overlook the fact that when we are selfless we make others joyful and happy. We bless others when we give something out of ourselves and we often overlook that the blessing that we give silently comes back to us in many forms.

The Blessed Mother is not like us; she is very concerned with the welfare of others than her own well-being. Notice how the Blessed Mother went to her cousin Elizabeth and stayed there until she gave birth. She made sure first that her cousin would be through with her delicate pregnancy before she left her.  

In this day wherein we are overly concerned with our own happiness and fulfilment the Blessed Mother gives us valuable lesson to live by.

She tells us not to be overly concerned with our own welfare we must look after those who are in need of our love even if we ourselves need love. Who are those who badly need our love and care? The Blessed Mother and Elizabeth are both mothers so for obvious reason first and foremost it’s our mothers.

They are slowly getting old and we may not know it they may quietly leave this world anytime. Let us give our very own mothers our love while they can still appreciate it, express your love for them now say it now. Don’t say that you love them when they’re bodies are cold and not responsive anymore for it’s useless already.

What will it cost you if you express your love for your mother? Nothing except a very little fraction of your voice and saliva and what will be the effect on them? Oh, immeasurable! It will energize and reinvigorate them to say the least.

 There are many who are in need of our love these days they may not say it but they need it. We must look after them even if we will not gain any material things from doing it. Life is never measured by ownership of worldly things; true life is measured by our selfless acts of love and kindness.

On this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary let us look at the Blessed Virgin Mary’s  very real and selfless expression of true love.  And let us ask ourselves this question: Do I love as the Blessed Mother gave her love and concern to her cousin Elizabeth? – Marino J. Dasmarinas    

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