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In this Dormition Fast, we are given an opportunity to reflect on the life of Mary, the Mother of God, and therefore to reflect on the life of Jesus, God in the flesh.

We will focus on some Lukan texts, with some others.

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afriad, Mary, for you have found favor with God. . . . Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:29, 36)

Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword willl pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. (Luke 1:33-35)

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magadalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:25-27)

Like Mother, like Son. Jesus will exemplify and fulfill that text from Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15):

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