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Vocation Meditation -
Solemnity of the Assumption, 2010

All-powerful and ever-living God, you raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory.
- From the Collect for Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, the Universal Church celebrates the end of the life of the Mother of God.

Not content to leave her in death, Christ took up His mother, bringing her, body and soul, into the comfort of eternal life.

As her earthly life began: holy, sinless and without corruption, so Mary's life ended: without the corruption of the body and with a dramatic entrance into the holiest of places, Heaven.

And in this way, the Lord glorified the flesh that had given Him flesh, saving it from destruction.

We, too, have an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

God desires eternal life for each one of us. (1 Tim. 2:4) But He demands our faithfulness to His will, that we surrender ourselves in order to make Him ever present in the world. As Mary relates in her Magnificat in the Gospel, her "soul magnifies the Lord" (Lk 1:46), something we all must strive to accomplish.

Vocations Challenge:
"May we see heaven as our final goal!"
Do you desire Heaven and orient your life accordingly, looking for every opportunity to "magnify the Lord" in the choices of your life and your work?

Dear God,
"You knitted me together in my mother's womb" and I am part of your plan of love for the world and all mankind. Give to me a sure knowledge of myself and your desires for my life. Grant me the wisdom and grace to follow your will. Amen.

For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.

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