Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today's Solemnity is filled with so much hope! As we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are reminded of our own hope of the Resurrection. On this day, Mary was assumed into heaven, body AND soul, which reminds us the coming resurrection of our own bodies. Every Sunday at Mass, we pray the Nicene Creed, which ends with the words, "I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." With joy, we can look forward to joining our Blessed Mother in heaven, as she has paved the way for us.
Adam messed up pretty badly, and yet Christ was able to defeat sin and death, saving all mankind and giving everyone the chance to look forward to the resurrection of the dead. If Christ can bring resurrection to all of mankind, then there is nothing we can do to stop that or take that away, as long as we still desire eternity with our Lord. No matter how many times we sin or mess up, the Lord is bigger and will never stop fighting the battle against sin and death alongside us.
Our own resurrection may seem so far off and distant, and yet the Lord is preparing our hearts even now. We can look to our Blessed Mother to always lead us closer to her Son, and her Assumption bring hope in the darkness that the light of eternity still shines brighter. At the end of time, Christ will still be standing victorious.
THE Resurrection took place as Christ rose from the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, but in our own lives, there is still resurrection to come. So roll away the stone from the empty tomb of your own heart, and allow the light of Christ to shine in it! Rejoice today with all the saints and angels in heaven at our Blessed Mother's own homecoming into heaven.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What are the victories, big or small, that I have already won this week?
How can I follow Mary's example? Where in my life can I ask Mary to guide me and intercede for me?
How will I rejoice today?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplation
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"The battle is won."
"I look forward to the resurrection of the dead."
"I look forward to the world to come."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Go to Mass today, and do not just view it as another obligation but as a real opportunity to rejoice with our Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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