Reflection for The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15, 2021

By Mary Toline, Notre Dame Associate

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 now the sound of your greeting reached my ear, 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.”

Mary expresses her joy because she has become fully aware of the meaning of the great things that are being accomplished in her life, through her, all that her people were expecting is brought to fulfillment.

The Gospel also shows us the truest cause of Mary’s greatness and her blessedness, is the cause of faith.  Faith is the faith of Mary’s whole story, she is the believer, the great believer, she knows, and she believes that God does not leave his humble and poor children alone, but helps them with mercy, with care.

The great things done in Mary life, speak to us deeply of our own journey in life and the destination that awaits us with uncertainty and suffering.  Our journey thru death to see our Father’s house with God waiting for us and Mary is waiting for us with her Love.

The definition of faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

The definition of trust is firm belief in reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone of something.

(Relationships have to be built on trust)

So Trust and Faith go hand in hand. Mary taught us to be that believer and God will lead us to our chosen path of life.  We don’t always agree but we must have Trust and Faith that our path is planned and we follow this journey, no manner how hard it is.  We need to have Faith like the Blessed Mary did.