The feast of the Assumption

Mary is our best example of a woman whose life was mystic and prophetic. By her initial YES she was called and sent to the particular mission of giving life to the Word of God.

Mary with her Fiat placed herself completely at the disposition of God’s plan, bringing her whole person to it. 

In receiving the words of the angel she let God enter, she let herself be completely filled by Him, she abandoned herself to Him in a filial offering, in obedience and faith. Through her act of faith, her offering and her abandonment, she made it possible for the Word to become flesh. The human history of Jesus began with her. 

Mary is our best example of a woman whose life was mystic and prophetic. By her initial YES she was called and sent to the particular mission of giving life to the Word of God. 
 
In celebrating the feast of the Assumption I invite you to look at Mary as a symbol and representative of the new people of the Covenant. She is the part of humanity that welcomes being called and sent and it is this acceptance that gives her the identity of an apostolic woman. For us, she is the new Ark of the Covenant, the place where God dwells, where he can be encountered and loved. 
 
Simeon prophesied: ’This child is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul.’ (Lk 2:34-35). Simeon gives Mary an importance for all times. Those who are struggling for the Reign of God are marked by rejection by this world. A sword continues to pierce the soul of those who struggle for the justice of God, for the liberation of men and women in this moment in time. 
 
In the Magnificat, Mary praises the actions of God in the history of which she herself is part. It is a profession of faith in which Mary talks to us of God, of what God is doing in her, of the justice of God with regard to the poor and the powerful. Mary interprets the history of salvation from her own personal experience, which enables her to understand it in a new way. Mary, as a good disciple, is a woman who kept these events in her heart, pondering them so as to be able, later on, to recount them and discover the action of God. 
 
We are invited to live the celebration of the Assumption in thanksgiving for the gift of Jesus Christ which Mary, with her Fiat, offers us. May we renew together our desire to ‘be with Him’ and our availability to work for the coming of the Reign.
 
Sister Mercedes Martinez, Spain - Extracts of texts
14/08/2011
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