Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vigil of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The continuation of the holy Gospel, according to Saint Luke.  At that time, as Jesus spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Saint John Chrysostom:    When you hear that woman saying, "Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked," and the Lord answering, "Rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it," do not think that in saying this He is belittling His Mother.  Rather, He means to show that the title of mother would be of no use to her if she did not excel in goodness and faith...If relationship to Him had been useful to Mary by itself, it would have been useful also to the Jews, who were Christ's relatives according to the flesh; it would have been useful for the city in which He was born; it would have been useful to His close relatives.

Saint Augustine:     Mary was more blessed in accepting the faith of Christ than in conceiving the flesh of Christ...Finally, for His brothers, His relatives according to the flesh who did not believe in Him, of what advantage was that relationship?  Even her maternal relationship would have done Mary no good unless she had borne Christ more happily in her heart than in her flesh.

Saint Ephrem the Syrian:     He took blessedness from the one who bore Him and gave it to those who were worshipping Him.

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