Tuesday, August 14, 2007

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

~excerpted from a homily by Fr. B of Rationabile Obsequium
Today we celebrate the Glory of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast expresses our joy that “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” (Pius XII – Munificentissimus Deus) She did not experience death as the rest of the human race does, but has been welcomed, body and soul, into Heaven, where she reigns as Our Queen and intercedes for us as Our Mother. And so, we rejoice because of the great privilege that has been shown to Our Mother Mary, and we also see in this mystery a reason for our own hope.

You see, the Church teaches us that Mary is the perfect example of the Christian life, and in the mysteries and events of her life, we recognise the right path for our own lives.

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. First of all, we recognise Mary as one called and chosen by the Lord. The Lord has great plans for all of us, but just as Mary was addressed by an Angel, and asked to participate in God’s saving plan, so too we must recognise that God does not force Himself into our lives, but humbly invites us to make a home for Him in our hearts...

...Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. And here, perhaps, we encounter the great meaning of today’s feast. Mary is present, body and soul, in heaven praying for us. But what is she praying? She is praying that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. What are those promises? Why, they are nothing less than the total victory over sin and death. By her Immaculate Conception and her sinless life, Mary teaches us that the power of Christ has defeated sin.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Oh Mary, concieved without sin, pray for us!