The Assumption of Mary

By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

Munificentissimus Deus Pope Pious xii

Mary was a woman who has the favor of God on her life.  She is chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ.  She has a heart that seeks after God so that she is aware of what God is doing in her life and what He wants her to know about her child that she carries in her womb.

Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is also a woman filled with the Holy Spirit and she recognizes that Mary is carrying the Messiah, the Lord.  That baby also recognizes what God is doing because there is great movement in her womb.  It is like the babies knew.  Mary then enters into a prayerful praise to God for what she knows is happening to her.  She stays with Elizabeth for three months and then returns home.

Pregnancies are very exciting but can also be a fearful time for a first time mother.  All of the physical changes and the unknowns can be overwhelming.  Elizabeth is an older first time mother and Mary is a lot younger but they both are experiencing the unknowns of pregnancy.  They also have a spiritual knowledge that their children are part of the bigger spiritual world  that God is working in and they have a special bond.   Sometimes we don’t realize what God is doing behind the scenes in our lives but He is working to bring us to the spiritual knowledge that His plans for us a bigger than we can even imagine or think.

Author: Karen Epp

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