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“Mary said: ’My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.”

Ap.12,1-10 Ps.44 1 Co. 15,20-27 Lk.1,39-5

Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady 15th August 2016

“Mary said ’I magnify the Lord, I am transported into the happiness of God, my Saviour.”

Ap.12,1-1 Ps.44 1 Co.15,20-7 Lk.139-56

“In those day, Mary set off to in haste, to a hilly region, to a town in Judah. She went into Zachariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

Now, when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child in her womb jumped for joy. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Sprit and cried out in a loud voice : ’You are blessed amongst all women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. How is it that the mother of my Saviour should come to me? For when the words of your greeting came to my ears, the child within me jumped for joy. Blessed is the one who believed in the accomplishment of the words that came from my Lord.”

Mary goes to visit her elder cousin, both are pregnant and both are so in an incredible way. The extraordinary aspect of God is revealed in the ordinary experience of maternity.

Mary goes to Elizabeth’s home because she believed in what had been said to her. Mary travels over hills, the town of Judah, into Zachariah’s house to stop there before this elderly woman.

’Mary left hastily’ : it is the haste of Love.

Mary’s secret is a secret of Love. The Church declares that right from the very beginning Mary benefited from this’ too great’ Love of God. Mary never closed in on herself nor looked at herself, something which is known as original sin.

Mary is free to love with her whole being and she will communicate this Love to Elizabeth.

Dom John Baptiste Poiron expresses himself in the following way :-

’In the Canticle Our Blessed Lady is compared to a dawn because she is the principle of a new Creation. With her Immaculate Conception, mankind’s history begins anew and all becomes clear once more : it is a miracle, perfectly intact, pure and docile in which the new Adam and ourselves are going to participate , but we ought to be nourished from the Eucharist if we wish to let ourselves be recreated.“”And so Mary said’ My soul magnifies the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! For he that is mighty has magnified me, Holy is Name! His mercy spreads from age to age on those who fear Him. Using the strength of His arm he disperses the proud hearted. He turns over the powerful from their throne. He raises the humble."

Mary’s secret is the Child - God whom she is carrying in the secret of her being. This is the Treasure revealed to Elizabeth!

Here is a new body being formed. Jesus, whom Mary bears, and He is the Saviour of the word. He announces a new era where God’s Love overcomes everything that is opposed to Him. This human flesh which He has sanctified is from now on a promise of Eternal Life, God’s Infinite Love on earth is henceforth the footstool of Heaven.

Let us listen to Blessed Guerric of Igny :

“This unique Virgin Mary, who is Mother, glorified for having brought into the world the Only Son of the Father, embraces with the same Love this same Only Son in all of her members and is not embarrassed to be called the mother all those whom she already sees already formed or being formed.

The first Eve was called ’mother of all living’ but in reality she was the mother of all those who die! And because the first Eve hadn’t been able to faithfully bring about what her name means, it is Mary who brought about this mystery.

Like the Church of which she is the symbol, she is the mother of all those who are born again to life.

Yes, she is the mother of the Life that makes mankind live. By bringing Life into the world ,in a certain way she brought to a new life all those who were to find their life in this Life.“”He fills the hungry with good things, the rich he sends empty away. He raises Israel his servant, he remembers His Love, the promise made to His fathers in favour of Abraham and his descendants for ever.”

What characterises the truth of any human being is humility. In the history of the world, a people was chosen amongst all others because it was the smallest.

Mary is the way for a new humanity living fully from the infinite Love of God.

Nathalie Nabert will say :

“Mary is the bearer of an ending, that of the feeling of solitude and despair of humanity. Mary is the bearer of an origin, that of it being restored in the goodness of a God who saves and forms the souls of justice.”

For so many wonderful things we give thanks to God. Mary is the model of a stripping of self faced with the loving choice of God. In this way she enters into the diapason of God’s Infinite Love through the choice God made for her.

By her response of faith, Mary recapitulates in her, in her heart of a mother, the dramas and the joys of all those who benefit from Divine Mercy. She permits True Life to be, to spread out, from Sarah as far as Elizabeth. And so how right it is that all generations should call her Blessed!

We ask for the grace to remain in this New Love which will blossom out fully in Heaven.

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

“Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah.She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now it happened that as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.She gave a loud cry and said ’Of all women, you are the most blessed, ad blessed is the fruit of your womb.Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Mary left hastily. It is the hastiness of love. Mary’s secret is one of love.The Church affirms that, right from the beginning, Mary benefitted from this too great a love of God, without her turning in on herself, which is what original sin is. She is free to love with her whole being and she will communicate this love to Elizabeth. Dom Jean Baptiste Porion expresses himself in this way ’Our Blessed Lady is compared to the dawn in the Song of Songs because she is the principle of a new creation. With her Immaculate Conception, mankind’s history begins anew and everything becomes clear once more : it is an intact matter, perfectly pure et docile“.”And Mary said : ’My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour ; because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me; Holy is His Name, and his faithful love extends from age to age to those who fear him. He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart.He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly.“Mary’s secret is the child-God that she bears in the secret of her being. It is the treasure revealed to Elizabeth! Here is the new world that takes on a body. Jesus , whom Mary carries, is the Saviour of the world. He announces a new era where God’s love conquers all that is opposed to him. This human flesh that he sanctified is, from now on, promised for eternal life, the life of God’s Infinite Love. The earth is from now on heaven’s footstool.”This unique Virgin mother who is glorified for having brought into the world the Unique Son of the Father, embraced with love this same Only Son in all his members and she is not the least embarrassed to be called the Mother of all those who are already formed or are being formed and in whom she sees her Beloved Son, Christ Jesus.The first Eve was called ’the mother of all the living“but in reality she was the mother of all those who die! And because this first Eve had been unable to be faithful to the meaning of her name, it was Mary who brought to humanity this realty. Like the Church for which she is a symbol, she is the mother of all those who are born once more into life.Yes, she is the Mother of Life thanks to whom all men live. By bringing the Life of God into the world, in a certain way, she brings all those who ought to find their life in this Life to be born into a new Life, ’says Blessed Guerric of Igny.”He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty.He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his faithful love-according to the promise he made to our ancestors- of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then went home.“Elizabeth says very well what Mary’s part was in her mystery : the fact that she believed. The Assumption is the logical follow-up to this mystery of re-creation which God operates with our ’old’ world.Along with Jesus in his Ascension, Mary is the way for a new humanity that lives fully from the Infinite Love of God.Nathalie Nabert puts it this way :”Mary bears an ending, an end to the feeling of solitude and despair of humanity;

Mary bears an origin, that of it being restored in the goodness of a God who saves souls steeps them in justice."

So we can only be thankful to God for his marvelous works.

Again, let us listen to Blessed Guerric of Igny :

’ This is why this Blessed Mother of Christ, knowing that by this mystery she was mother of Christians, is also their mother by her tender solicitude and by her affection, so full of tenderness.And now we dwell under the protection of the Mother of the Most High, we dwell in her protection, in the shadow of her wings.“Later on, we shall share her Glory and shall be warmed up on her heart, since the King of Glory has put his throne in her.”

Let us ask for the grace to dwell in this new Love that will fully blossom in Heaven.