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Loving in the Here and Now

August 14, 2020
August 15, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Loving in the Here and Now
Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are deeply grateful to our Mother Mary’s untiring assistance to us in ou daily life. In the midst of this pandemic, we continue to pray for her intervention. And like any loving MOther, she will come to us in haste to us.
Consideration the following points in your prayer.
1. ASSISTANCE. Our gospel started with Mary running in haste to see her cousin Elizabeth. Upon learning from Angel Gabriel that Elizabeth was pregnant in her old age, she immediately went “in haste” to assist her cousin. At that time, Mary was also pregnant, yet she forgot herself and thought of Elizabeth. Love knows no delay. It acts fast. Everything is urgent. Love is always in the HERE AND NOW.
Are you aware of God’s blessings in your life? Are you aware that God blessed us with plenty so as to bless others? When God showered us with His graces, he intends us to be the bridge of God’s love for others. Do you feel that urgency in this pandemic to bless and assist others?
2. BRINGING JESUS. Mary’s intention was simply to assist Elizabeth in her first three months of pregnancy. Out of her great love for her cousin, Mary went in haste. Yet, in visiting Elizabeth, she also brought the savior in her womb closer to Elizabeth. Mary’s visit became a divine consolation to Elizabeth. Her humble visit became the great visitation of God.
Are you aware that we bring Jesus each time we leave our comfort zones to assist our others in need? Each time we visit someone in their misery and pain, we bring God’s presence in their midst. We are bearers of God’s loving Presence. We bring Jesus, our Emmanuel – God is with us!
3. THE FRUIT OF GOD’S VISIT. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greetings, the child in her womb leaped for joy! Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary, but the little John in her womb recognized the presence of the Savior in Mary’s womb.
Have you seen the joy of others with your unexpected appearance in their midst? With our consoling words and loving actions, they recognized God’s mercy emanating in our goodness. In doing so, we bring glory greater glory to God. When God comes through us, we experienced His overflowing goodness touching every fiber of our being.
The assumption of Mary to heaven was an UNMERITED and UNDESERVED GRACE given to her by God. But such grace was also rooted in her OBEDIENCE AND HER UNWAVERING DESIRE TO LOVE GOD. Through the example of Mary, we are encouraged to dream of our own assumption to heaven. Heaven is our home, our final destiny. As Saint Augustine would say, “My soul is restless until it rests in you.”
Our love and devotion to God will not suffice to merit heaven. Everything is grace, freely given to us. But as sons and daughters of God, and like Mary, our recognition of God’s blessings in our lives, is more than enough to propel us to live a holy obedient life. The overflowing generosity of God loving us unconditionally, even to the point of giving His only begotten Son, is enough to dispose of us to offer our lives to Him and expressed our total self-offering, “I am the servant of the Lord, be it done according to you will.” (Luke 1:38).
To love God takes place in the here and now. His overflowing love gives us the divine restlessness that compels us to leave our comfort zones and dare to love the lost, the last, and the least – in haste and in fire!
“The Almighty God has done great things for me. Holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49).
– Pitik-Bulag
August 15, 2020 – Feast of the Assumption of Mary
Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 39-56
“Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord? Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

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