Mary Assumed into Heaven
- Reading I: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6.10
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 45
- Reading II: 1 Corinthians 15:20-27
- Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56
For a reflection on the readings, please read this page.
A Word About Dogmas
Some people seem to think that a dogma is a new teaching that is declared for belief. The fact is, a dogma is like one of those scientific laws that is defined so that people would be able to understand it better. The scientific law does not create the phenomenon, but comes after it. Apples have been falling from trees for centuries before Newton was born. When Newton stated the law of gravity, he didn’t thereby create gravity. The same thing with dogmas. Dogmas derive from faith; when defined, they made the faith clearer and help people understand it better. The same thing is true of the dogma of the Assumption of Mary. If one would read the document Munificentissimus Deus, one would realize that the Assumption of Mary was already believed in before the dogma relative to it was defined on November 1 1950.
Monday, XX Week OT (A) Year 1
If today were not the feast of the Assumption the readings would be as follows:
- Reading I: Judges 2:11-19
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 105
- Matthew 19:16-22
The selection from Judges gives us a pattern — the cycle of sin — that runs through the "Book of Judges." The pattern is perceptible in the following verses:
- the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord (11-13)
- as punishment, the Lord’s anger flared against them and sold them to the power of their enemies (14-15)
- the Lord raises up for them JUDGES who would deliver them from their enemies (16)
- when the Judge died, the Israelites went back to their disobedient ways (17-19)
The Responsorial Psalm taken from Psalm 105 is a recital of the history of Israel with a focus on the people’s transgressions of the covenant.
The Gospel: The Story of the Rich Young Man
The selection from the Gospel of Matthew is about the story of the young man who approaches the Lord and asks him about how to "gain eternal life". The Lord will answer the question later, after the young man has proven himself unworthy of it. He would become an object lesson for the disciples who have left everything for the Lord. The young man, after hearing that he needs to sell everything he has, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow Jesus, he went away sad. Eternal life is Jesus himself. To have him in one’s heart, one must take out all other things that are already there to give him an exclusive place in it. He is after all the treasure, the pearl of great price. To have him, one must give up all that one has.
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