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Mary Assumed into Heaven

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Today’s Readings

  • 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.

Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6
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1119And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.
121And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:
2And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.
3And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems:
4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.
5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.
6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days.
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
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20But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep:
21For by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead.
22And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.
23But every one in his own order: the firstfruits Christ, then they that are of Christ, who have believed in his coming.
24Afterwards the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God and the Father, when he shall have brought to nought all principality, and power, and virtue.
25For he must reign, until he hath put all his enemies under his feet.
26And the enemy death shall be destroyed last: For he hath put all things under his feet. And whereas he saith,
27All things are put under him; undoubtedly, he is excepted, who put all things under him.
Luke 1:39-56
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39And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.
40And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.
41And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
45And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
46And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.
50And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
51He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
52He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
55As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
56And Mary abode with her about three months; and she returned to her own house.
Judges 2:11-19
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11And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they served Baalim.
12And they left the Lord the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt: and they followed strange gods, and the gods of the people that dwelt round about them, and they adored them: and they provoked the Lord to anger.
13Forsaking him, and serving Baal and Astaroth.
14And the Lord being angry against Israel, delivered them into the hands of plunderers: who took them and sold them to their enemies, that dwelt round about: neither could they stand against their enemies:
15But whithersoever they meant to go, the hand of the Lord was upon them, as he had said, and as he had sworn to them: and they were greatly distressed.
16And the Lord raised up judges, to deliver them from the hands of those that oppressed them: but they would not hearken to them,
17Committing fornication with strange gods, and adoring them. They quickly forsook the way, in which their fathers had walked: and hearing the commandments of the Lord, they did all things contrary.
18And when the Lord raised them up judges, in their days he was moved to mercy, and heard the groanings of the afflicted, and delivered them from the slaughter of the oppressors.
19But after the judge was dead, they returned, and did much worse things than their fathers had done, following strange gods, serving them and adoring them. They left not their own inventions, and the stubborn way, by which they were accustomed to walk.
Matthew 19:16-22
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16And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?
17Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness.
19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
20The young man saith to him: All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me?
21Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.
22And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions.

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