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Dearest Brothers and sisters,
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY INTO HEAVEN
What is it? What does the Assumption mean for us? Revelation chapter 12:7 reads “the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus”. Mary is the women referred to here and we are “those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus”.
Pope Pius XII said, in 1950, “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” Our Catechism says, “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s resurrection and the anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #966).
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is the advance fulfillment of the promise of Jesus to all of us His disciples, “And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be” (John 14:3).
With this very important feast, also known as a Solemnity, our Holy Mother Church, is telling us the full story, proclaiming to us the FULL GOSPEL, the whole truth of God’s Plan of Salvation. Saint Paul said, “For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life” (1Cor. 15:22). But the fall is not about Adam only; it is about Adam and Eve. So, when we call Christ the New Adam, we know that there is a New Eve too. She is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Just as the fall story cannot be told without Eve, so also the Full Story of Redemption cannot be told without Mary.
In the old order Adam and Eve shared immediately in the resulting consequences of the fall. In the new order, similarly, both Jesus and Mary shared immediately in the resulting consequences and blessings of Redemption, the fullness of life with God, Jesus through the Ascension and Mary through the Assumption.
This feast shows us the sacredness and eternal destiny of the human body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. May we never forget the perfect harmony of wills and hearts of Jesus and Mary, as she is telling us now; “Do whatever my Son tells you to do” (John 2:5). May our Mother intercede for us all.
In Christ and Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty
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