Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mary is taken up to heaven; a chorus of angels exults - Daily Bible Readings August 15,2015

Mary is the model disciple of Jesus. She is an example of how we are to follow Christ. Just as Mary brought Christ into the world, so are we called to bring Christ to our world. Let us allow Christ to live within us so that others will come to know Him as they see Him in us. Who in your world needs to know Jesus?
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
19 God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. 12:A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.”
Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16
R: The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
9 [10] The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir. (R) 10 [11]Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear, forget your people and your father’s house. (R) 11 [12] So shall the king desire your beauty; for he is your lord. (R) 15 [16] They are borne in with gladness and joy; they enter the palace of the king. (R)
The doctrine of the Assumption teaches us that Mary is raised from death, and experiences the fullness of heaven through the death and resurrection of her Son, Jesus. The Assumption also prefigures our destiny. We shall follow in Mary’s footsteps. Because of Jesus, we too shall be raised from death and experience the fullness of heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
20 Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. 22 For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, 23 but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits, then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; 24 then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death, 27 for “he subjected everything under his feet.
Mary’s “Magnificat” is also our song. We rejoice in what the Lord has done for Mary by choosing her to be the Mother of God. We can also rejoice because of our trust in God’s promise that, one day, we too will be with Him and experience with Mary the joy of eternal life. The blessings of Mary are as true today as they ever have been and ever will be. Why? Because they are based on the goodness of God to us, and He does not change.
Mary is taken up to heaven; a chorus of angels exults.
Luke 1:39-56
39 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” 46 And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; 47 my spirit rejoices in God my Savior 48 for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: 49 the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. 50 He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. 51He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. 52 He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, 55 the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.” 56 Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

think: Who in your world needs to know Jesus?
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