We celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she was called by God in both body and spirit to join her son Jesus in heaven.
Luke 11: 27-28
While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
“Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
As I sat and pondered today’s gospel, I was struck by how often in life we hear God’s call, but do not answer. When we come across a fellow human being in distress or in need, we know it is God calling us to stop and lend a hand. Yet often times, it’s easier to pretend that we do not see.
Temptation presents itself in many forms, and though we may know that God is calling us to resist and act righteously, we sometimes pretend not to hear.
The message of today’s gospel is that in order to be true to the Word of the Lord and walk in His grace, we must not only hear His call, but put it into actions in our daily lives. We may not have enough food or money to feed all the poor and hungry we encounter, but we can acknowledge them and offer words of kindness. We can try to point them towards the resources they need.
When temptation arises, it is difficult to see clearly in the moment. Yet we must take the time to look deep inside of ourselves, weigh consequences, and determine what the best course of action is to keep our hearts pure.
I found it quite fitting on a day in which we celebrate the divinity of the Mother Mary, we reflect upon the importance of keeping the word of God. Mary was chosen to carry the son of God because throughout her life, when she heard his call, she answered. She is an example for us all in our daily lives and serves as a mother-figure for all mankind.
Here at Mercy Home, we take Mary’s example and try to answer the call from God every single day. When we see children in need, we do not turn our backs. We extend our hands and open our arms to act as parents, mentors, teachers, and friends. We provide a safe haven where those in need do not have to be afraid to ask for help.
We thank you for your continued support of Mercy Home as it allows us to answer God’s call and provide help for others in times of need. We encourage you to always keep the example set by Mary in your heart and continue to answer God’s call.