Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
God’s temple in Heaven was opened,
and the Ark of His Covenant could be seen in the temple.
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.
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.”
This was a sign because it was showing Mary giving birth to Jesus, Who rules the universe. God had a place prepared for her, just as He has a place prepared for each one of us. He is taking care of us no matter what and is constantly pursuing us. Mary is a prime example of doing God’s will for one’s life because she experienced many hardships and much pain but still trusted God in doing what He asked of her knowing it is best. Jesus has all authority and power, and we are saved because of Him.
Reading 2 1 Cor 15:20-27
Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the Firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through Man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the Firstfruits;
then, at His coming, those who belong to Christ;
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.
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His Feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for “He subjected everything under His Feet.”
Christ is the New Adam. Death was brought into the world because of Adam, but Christ gives life. Jesus destroys every other enemy; the final one being death. Jesus is greater than death, and death no longer has any power over us. Because of what He suffered, we are now set free.
Gospel Lk 1:39-56
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 at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
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.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His Arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He has remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”
Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.
Mary visited Elizabeth when they were both pregnant. John leapt in Elizabeth’s womb because of Jesus. Jesus’ Presence was so powerful even when He was in the womb. This right here is an example of why abortion is wrong. This scene is a wonderful display of joy that we all should have when we encounter the Lord. We are sometimes reluctant to go to church or pray, but coming to God should always be exciting, not a burden.
What Mary said speaks a lot into mercy and humility. We cannot love God or our neighbor if we are too filled with pride. Only when we are humble can we accept the fact that although our sins put Jesus on the cross, He loves us unconditionally despite our failures and shortcomings. God has done so much for us, and His Name is holy. We need to have reverence and know He keeps His promises.