Text (Gospel Story) 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.
For victims of terrorism and violence, may Mary’s Assumption sustain our hope.
For an end to the oppression of those without power, may Mary’s Assumption sustain our hope.
For all who seek to transform an unjust society, may Mary’s Assumption sustain our hope.