The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-56
The liturgy celebrates the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin’s Assumption into heaven. This is the day of hope and of light, because all men and women, pilgrims on the earth, are able to foresee in Mary the “destiny of glory” that awaits us. On this day, we contemplate the Handmaid of the Lord in paradise, encircled in regal radiance, where even in her glorified body she has gone before us. We look to her as a sign of sure hope. Indeed, in Mary, God’s promise to the humble and righteous is fulfilled: evil and death will not have the last word…..”The dogma of the Assumption of Mary is based, according to the Fathers of the Church, on four points: first, Mary is the Immaculate Conception – she did not incur the general curse of sin and so her body was “exempted from the general law of dissolution and immediately assumed into the glory of Heaven, in accordance with God’s original plan for mankind.” Second, she is the Mother of God – there is likeness to her Son, in body and soul. Third, her perpetual virginity – her body was preserved in unimpaired virginal integrity. And fourth, she participated in the work of Christ – she enjoys the full fruit of the Redemption, which consists in the glorification of soul and body (cf. Dr. L. Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, p. 209).
Understandably, these profound theological points cannot be sufficiently discussed in a reflection. The Assumption of Mary can be adequately explained by only one word: love. In the case of Mary, her love of God is so great that her whole being is pulled closer to God. It practically lifted her up to heaven, body and soul. Bishop Fulton Sheen expressed it beautifully: “If the distant moon moves all the surging tides of earth, then the love of Mary for Jesus and the love of Jesus for Mary should result in such an ecstasy as to ‘lift her out of this world’” (The World’s First Love, p. 134).How strong is your hope in the promises of God? Mary is a model of faith and hope for us. And she is among “the first-fruits” of “all those who belong to Jesus” and who share in His triumph (1 Corinthians15:20-24). Her reception into heaven is seen as a sign to all believing Christians of the promise Jesus made that we too would be received into paradise. “And when I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3) Child of God, we are destined for glory, if like Mary we allow the love of God to draw us closer and more united to Jesus, we are sure we shall experience the glory of heaven, which we are destined for.
Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a.10a b; Ps 45:10-12.16 (R.v.10) 1 Cor 15:20-27; Gosp Lk 1:39-56 THE ASSUMPTION OF THE B.V.M. (SOLEMNITY) Holy Day of Obligation
- My Lord Jesus, You have destined me for glory. Like my mother Mary, please I plead that at the end of my earthly journey, grant me the glory of heaven. Amen.
Exercise:Always pray for a happy and a glorious end.
Meditation: John 14:1-3