Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Vigil, August 14, 2017

Reading 1 1 Chron 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2

David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the Ark of the LORD
to the place which he had prepared for It.
David also called together the sons of Aaron and the Levites.

The Levites bore the Ark of God on their shoulders with poles,
as Moses had ordained according to the Word of the LORD.

David commanded the chiefs of the Levites
to appoint their kinsmen as chanters,
to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals,
to make a loud sound of rejoicing.

They brought in the Ark of God and set It within the tent
which David had pitched for It.
Then they offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings to God.
When David had finished offering up the burnt offerings and peace offerings,
he blessed the people in the Name of the LORD.

The Ark was very sacred to the people as should anything be that is of the Lord.  There should be much reverence and respect for religious ceremonies, rituals, and traditions.  We should celebrate like the Israelites about how great our God is.  Our faith should bring us unending joy, and we should be happy with our God Who loves us so much.  Everything in life that brings us down cannot shake the love that comes from serving our King, and we need to express this more often rather than being ashamed of the Gospel.

Reading 2 1 Cor 15:54b-57

Brothers and sisters:
When that which is mortal clothes itself with immortality,
then the Word that is written shall come about:

Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?

The sting of death is sin,
and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus conquered death.  He prevailed and triumphed over it.  We are no longer slaves to sin and chained down due to lack of forgiveness and freedom.  Through His sacrifice, we are set free.  Sin has no power; only His victory.  We just have to know we won and live our lives as a victory lap instead of a race.

Gospel Lk 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to Him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which You nursed.”
He replied,
“Rather, blessed are those
who hear the Word of God and observe It.”

This shows how important it is to keep God’s commands.  He puts so much focus on listening to His Word.  We ought to follow what He says.  It is easy to get caught up and act as if sins and habits are normal or that “times have changed,” but the Word of God is alive and eternal, for all people of all times.

 

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