Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Psalm 45:10-12, 16
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
… a woman clothed with the sun. (Revelation 12:1)
Imagine how close the relationship is between Mary and her Son. To prepare her for her role as Mother of God, God freed her from the stain of original sin at her conception and laid on her heart an unswerving desire to love him and his people. Faithful to the end, Mary was even given a special participation in Jesus’ resurrection when, at the close of her life, she was assumed body and soul into heaven.
Her earthly life may have come to a close, but Mary continues to be the greatest example of the Christian life. Just as she took part in Jesus’ struggle with Satan, so she now shares in his triumph over the devil and death itself. Mary is the first Christian to experience what is destined for all Christians: the privilege of standing as a new creation before the throne of God and sharing fully in his divine life.
Mary’s place in heaven is a sign of hope to all of us who await our share in the resurrection. We, too, will reign with Christ. We, too, will gaze upon the beauty of God and the majesty of our Savior. We, too, will be surrounded by the heavenly host in all their glory and majesty. We’ll even outshine the angels because of our union with Christ!
Today, as you aim for the goal that Mary has already attained, try your best to live the kind of life she lived. Washed clean in the waters of Baptism, you can reject sin and every temptation the devil throws at you. Filled with the same Spirit that overshadowed Mary, you can embrace the Holy Spirit and find the grace you need to live by faith. Encouraged by Mary’s assumption, you can keep your heart fixed on loving and serving Jesus as you await his glorious return.
So let’s all imitate Mary. Let’s magnify the Lord and say yes to whatever he asks us to do.
“Lord Jesus, I pray for everyone who doesn’t yet hope for the resurrection. May each person come to know that you want all of us to live with you forever.”~WAU