Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The song of praise we hear in today’s Gospel, the Magnificat, is the result of a woman of deep prayer and recognition of God in creation. All throughout her song of praise Mary sees the hand of God in places where we would not expect to find him. Humility and selflessness are honored. True power and authority are centered in compassion and generosity. Justice and mercy are exalted. The places of honor at God’s table are reserved for the poor, the forgotten, the unimportant – and the most influential and powerful in God’s scheme of things are those who serve others.