The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Book of Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab, Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16,
1 Corinthians 15:20-27, & Luke 1:39-56
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven is one of the oldest celebrations of our Lady. It can be traced to at least the fifth century, and some historians say it was celebrated as far back as the third century. However, it was not an official feast of the church until 1950 when Pope Pius XII announced it as divinely revealed dogma in the Bull Munificentissimus Deus.
Mary is our true model of holiness. In the obscurity of faith, Mary accepts God's plan (Lk 11:27-28). Mary listens to God's Word and puts it into practice (Lk 1:27-28). She lives both the intimacy and the hiddenness of Nazareth (Lk 2:51). At Cana, Mary hastens her Son's manifestation, and begins her mediation with Him, and shows us the way to salvation; "Do whatever He tells you" (Jn 2-5). Mary fulfills in herself the evangelical beatitudes of humility, meekness, mercy, sorrowing, and single-heartedness (Mt 5:1-11). Mary participates in the redemptive passion of her Son (Jn 19:25.) Mary stands at the foot of the Cross (Jn 19:25.)
Mary accepts the "motherhood of all humanity" (Jn 19:27). Mary lives in herself the full realization of the plan of salvation, that is, the participation in God's life, joy, and light.
Mary's Assumption gives us great hope that God's promises will be fulfilled for all of us in their time. Mary was fully human, just like all of us. Yet, because of her grace and holiness, she has been able to realize God's promise of the destiny of redeemed humanity immediately. She is a witness to the future that is open to every human to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light (Col 1:12).
Friends, Mary is available to all of us. We can ask her for the grace to help us overcome our temptations. She knows the Father's plans, and she can help us in discerning His plan for us. She will assist us on our journey toward heaven.
Question of the Day: How will you let Mary assist and guide you on your path to the Father?
Prayer: "Almighty, every-living God, You raised to eternal glory the body and soul of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son. Grant that our minds may always be directed heavenward and that we may deserve to share in her glory. Amen."
(From The Lives of the Saints, Illustrated)