The Assumption of Mary
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
On this solemnity, we profess that God gave Mary the unique privilege of being assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life. The reason she was granted this privilege is that she was born without original sin, and she conceived Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior through the Holy Spirit. It makes perfect sense that her body and soul were assumed into heaven. For her, the resurrection from the dead has taken place already. Mary teaches us that life does not end in death when we die, our bodies will decay into the ground we will have to wait until Jesus comes again to be reunited with our body?
What can we learn from this privilege? Sacred Scripture records many of the travels of Mary; she was a woman on a mission. She traveled to see her cousin Elizabeth, then late in her pregnancy, she made the trip to Bethlehem. Then, she is on the move again, fleeing to Egypt, to escape death, and then sacred scripture records the Holy Families trip into Jerusalem, was her son Jesus goes missing.
In our Gospel, we heard Mary proclaim, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” Everything Mary did was to proclaim this message to us. How can we say along with Mary, “My soul proclaims the greatness of God?” Do we do everything we can to protect the sanctity of human life from conception until death? How does our soul proclaim the greatness of God by treating our bodies with respect, and seeing the sacredness of others body as holy? Does our soul give glory to God, by being a person seeking peace and understanding in all of our relationships? Does our soul give glory to God by seeing forgiveness, for the things we have done to hurt others? Does our soul give glory to God by seeking to heal in our own lives that keep us trapped in confusion and turmoil?
Today, on this feast, we celebrate her ultimate journey of Mary, her Assumption into heaven. Our destiny is like hers, that one day our mortal bodies being raised up on the Last Day, and being glorified before God and all the saints in the heavenly kingdom.
May our souls magnify the Lord in all we say and do this day.