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Solemnity of the Assumption of  the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, August 15, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading:  RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB

Responsorial Psalm: PS 45:10, 11, 12, 16

Second Reading: 1 COR 15:20-27

Gospel: LK 1:39-56

 

Reflection:

Today we are celebrating the death of our Blessed Mother and her Assumption into heavenly glory. The celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been in the tradition of the Church since the earliest centuries. It was only in 1950, November 1, 1950 to be exact, that this was dogmatically defined by Pius XII.  And this is the dogma that “at the end of her earthly course, Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul… (http://www.marypages.com/Assumption.htm).  A Dogma “is more narrowly defined as that part of doctrine which has been divinely revealed and which the Church has formally defined and declared to be believed as revealed” (http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/what-is-the-difference-between-doctrine-and-dogma). 

When Mary died, her body did not undergo corruption. God did not allow decay to corrupt her body. God assumed her body and soul to heaven right after her death. This is the glory God gave to Mary’s body which incarnated Jesus into the world. God becoming one among us came through Mary’s body. It was not Mary then who assumed herself to heaven. It was not her power that did this but God’s.  It is God who assumed Mary’s body and soul into heaven.  Indeed she is God’s highly favored daughter, in her life and in her death.

The Glory of God was revealed in Mary all her life.  Mary said in her canticle in our Gospel today, recognizing the Glory of God, “the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.”  God did so many great things for Mary and for all of us through Mary. In her canticle she proceeded with how God cares for his people and how He fulfills the promise He made to Abraham and all of us forever.  Mary sang about God who blessed her and all humanity.The_Assumption_of_the_Virgin_(1612-17);_Peter_Paul_Rubens

Elizabeth understood all these as she pronounced a blessing about Mary. Filled with the Holy Spirit, she said, ““Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” and called her the “mother of my Lord.”  She also said of Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Mary said yes to the plans of God for her and for our salvation. She obeyed God and co-operated with God.

These and many other things about God’s glory in Mary are what lift Mary’s body and soul into heaven.  Not of her own merit but God’s.

These beatitudes of Mary can also be our beatitudes. Like Mary, we will also be called blessed if we too listen to God and let His plans be fulfilled in and with us. It is our hope then that one day at the resurrection of the dead our bodies may also be assumed into heaven like that of our Blessed Mother.

 

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