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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

 The Assumption of the Virgin
Artist: Bernardo Daddi (Italian, Florence (?) ca. 1290–1348 Florence)

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

1 Samuel 1:19-28; 
Psalm 113; 
Luke 1:46-56

This past year has been a year of giving thanks with sincere gratitude for both the things that have not come to pass and for the things that have.  Today is the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, mother to Jesus and to the world.  I am inspired by Luke 1:46-56, his version of The Song of Mary.  The mother of God expresses her gratitude to the Lord for all that has and will come to pass because of the child she is carrying.  There will be many hardships to follow, but she believes that by the birth of her child that the oppressed, the weak and the lowly will be given the grace to endure and one day see the face of God.

On that day in the countryside with her cousin Elizabeth at her side, Mary came to fully understand the significance of this preordained position.  She was to be more than just a sacred birthing vessel; she was to be the first witness of God’s miraculous gift to the world.  And it was she who embodied all the gratitude of every generation to come.  Remembering God’s promises of old, we can be assured of His mercy and ever grateful for His love. 

Sharleen McCorrister