Sunday Homily (Full Text)

Sunday Homily

Gospel Reading 

> Homily by Father Mike Kuse

> August 15, 2013 - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

> Evening   Mass

> Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56

> Mary set out

> and traveled to the hill country in haste

> to a town of Judah,

> where she entered the house of Zechariah

> and greeted Elizabeth.

> When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,

> the infant leaped in her womb,

> and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,

> cried out in a loud voice and said,

> “Blessed are you among women,

> and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

> And how does this happen to me,

> that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

> For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my
> ears,

> the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

> Blessed are you who believed

> that what was spoken to you by the Lord

> would be fulfilled.”

> And Mary said:

> “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

> my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

> for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

> From this day all generations will call me blessed:

> the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his
> Name.

> He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.

> He has shown the strength of his arm,

> and has scattered the proud in their conceit.

> He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

> and has lifted up the lowly.

> He has filled the hungry with good things,

> and the rich he has sent away empty.

> He has come to the help of his servant Israel

> for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

> the promise he made to our fathers,

> to Abraham and his children forever.”

> Mary remained with her about three months

> and then returned to her home.

> Homily

> Tonight we gather to celebrate the
> feast and honor our Blessed Mother being assumed into
> heaven.   We ask God to help us to prepare for that
> moment in all of our lives. 

> You and I know the story.   Here are these two women
> who are expecting and they decide to visit each other. 
>  Once you examine this experience, you realize what is going
> to happen is that God is going to proclaim to the world just
> how much he loves them.

> And he chooses Zachariah and Elizabeth and Joseph and Mary
> to see that this all takes place.   Here were two men
> who were willing to let their wives come forward and bear
> children who would change everyone's life, and they
> opened themselves up to that mystery. 

> We do the same thing today.   If you were to go to the
> hospital and sit there in the stairwell,   you may sit
> there five minutes or five hours until a child is
> born.   But when the lullaby is played - and it plays
> throughout the hospital -   you just stop. 

> You don't know who the child is, or the name of the one
> who has just been born, but you know something unique has
> just happened. If   you have not had this experience,
> you should try it one time. God is asking us, and the new
> parents, to open our hearts and to understand love - and
> that is what this is all about. 

> God is asking us, “Do you know how much I love you, and
> why I gave you the parents that you have?   Why were
> you born on this continent rather than on another
> continent?   Why did I give you this color of skin, or
> the talents and gifts that you have?   No one else will
> have these gifts or be born in the same way.   And I am
> asking you: Will you take each day of your life and know
> that the whole purpose of my bringing you into existence is
> that I can complete the love, and bring you to be with me
> forever.”

> What a wonderful gift.

> We know the story of Mary going to visit Elizabeth. And now
> we have to look at ourselves and see how the rest of the
> story is playing out in our own lives.   May you and I
> reflect on how much we are being loved, and the message of
> that love is being exchanged all around the world.

> When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, she didn't have to
> drive far to get there, she walked.

> She didn't say, “Hi.   How are you?   I hear
> you are having a kid.”   She came and stayed with
> Elizabeth for several months.   And then she went home
> and met the whole world, which was her world.

> That's the character of two people who simply said,
> “Thy will be done.”     

> May God's will be done in you, in me, and everyone.

> *****

> Monsignor Michael Kuse is pastor
> of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy, Illinois.

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