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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Psalm 45:10-12, 16
Luke 1:39-56

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“A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…” —Revelation 12:1

Let’s follow Mary’s footprints through her lifetime. She used her feet to stay still in listening to the angel Gabriel rather than fleeing from the will of God. Her feet hastened nearly ninety miles to serve her pregnant kinswoman Elizabeth (Lk 1:39), and likewise to Egypt and back to save Jesus from assassination (Mt 2:14, 21). For over thirty years, Mary’s feet aided her in feeding and raising Jesus. Her feet eventually carried her to Calvary (Jn 19:25). There, at the cross with Jesus, God placed “all things under His feet” (1 Cor 15:27).

Despite intense grief after Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary set her footsteps toward the upper room to minister peace, forgiveness, restoration, and discipling to the apostles and disciples during the time between Jesus’ Resurrection and Pentecost (Acts 1:14). Thus the Church was born.

“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin…was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 966). The moon is under her feet (Rv 12:1). As Queen of Heaven and Earth, her feet are standing at the right hand of King Jesus (see Ps 45:10).

Mary’s “beautiful” feet have been used to bring good news to the world (see Is 52:7). On this feast of the Assumption, may our feet dance with “gladness and joy” (Ps 45:16) as we follow the footsteps of Mary, who follows those of Jesus (Lk 9:23).

Prayer:  Father, may my feet serve You as readily as did Mary’s.

Promise:  “Christ must reign until God has put all enemies under His feet.” —1 Cor 15:25

Praise:  “God Who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name” (Lk 1:49).

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

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