Our solace in this life's journey
The Book of Revelations is truly an interesting one, attributed to St. John. It contained a series of author's visions of the Church's destination in heaven.
The image of the Lady who is about to give birth to a Child who will rule triumphantly is clearly the image of Blessed Mother triumphantly bringing her Son Jesus into the world. Only he can defeat the evil one while the lady is somewhere "where God had made a place of safety ready, for her to be looked after in the twelve hundred and sixty days."
In the Feast of the Assumption, we hold dear in our hearts that Mary was triumphantly assumed into heaven, body and soul, where eventually she received the crown as Queen of Heaven and earth. Now, she is "solace and consolation for the pilgrim people of God."
I would like to dwell then on the Magnificat as hint to inspire us pilgrims to take the road Mary took on this journey through life.
First, let nothing exult our lives except to serve God alone, "my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord." Let our soul sing out only for God who saves us.
Second, let our lives be "blessed", made holy, consecrated, by truly giving witness tot he glory of God. We are blessed not because of the things we have, but because God is with us.
Third, let our lives serve as living images of Jesus Christ, his justice, love, and peace. Let us always remember that we are to generate Christ's mercy for the salvation of the world.