Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Friday, August 13, 2010

Family Bible Study - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gospel Passage
Luke 1:38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me
according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. 39 In those days Mary
set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she
entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard
Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the
Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and
blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the
mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your
greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed
that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” 46 And
Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on
all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for
me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to
generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in
the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their
thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and
sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his
mercy, 55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his
descendants forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then
returned to her home.

Questions for discussion -
1. We celebrate today the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
into Heaven. What does this feast mean? Did just Mary’s soul go up to Heaven OR
did her body AND soul go up? Did she go up by her own power or did God take

2. What is Mary now doing in Heaven? Do you ever pray to Mary? Do you think
Jesus listens to His mother?

3. What do you think will happen to everyone who follows Mary in loving and
following her Son Jesus?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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