From Fr. Paul 8-13-2017

The Assumption of Mary

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. – Revelation 12:1

This Tuesday, August 15, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, a day of great importance like Sunday, therefore we are obliged to worship at Mass this day. We come to honor our Heavenly Mother, Mary the Mother of Jesus. This year I am offering an additional Mass to help all of us fulfill our duty. In addition to the Masses at 12:10pm and 7pm, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30am. There will not be music at the 7:30am Mass to assist those who on their way to work.

So why is this day so important to us?

The Assumption of Mary is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, dating back to the very early centuries of the Church. The feast commemorates the teaching 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 44]. The assumption is the completion of God’s work in Mary. She who was so closely united to her Son Jesus on earth, now shares with Him, body and soul, the glory of heaven.

Where do we see this teaching in Sacred Scriptiure?

Pope John Paul II noted: “Although the New Testament does not explicitly affirm Mary’s Assumption, it offers a basis for it because it strongly emphasized the Blessed Virgin's perfect union with Jesus’ destiny.”

“The scholastic Doctors have recognized the Assumption of the Virgin Mother of God as something signified, not only in various figures of the Old Testament, but also in that woman clothed with the sun whom John the Apostle contemplated on the Island of Patmos (Rev. 12:1ff).

Similarly they have given special attention to these words of the New Testament: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women"(Luke 1:28), since they saw, in the mystery of the Assumption, the fulfillment of that most perfect grace granted to the Blessed Virgin . . . . [Munificentissimus Deus 27].

So what does this mean for us today? According to Pope Benedict XVI: “By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful. Consequently, we must not lose our serenity and peace even amid the thousands of daily difficulties. The luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into Heaven shines out even more brightly when sad shadows of suffering and violence seem to loom on the horizon.

We may be sure of it: from on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, reassures us with her motherly hand.” (Pope Benedict XVI General Audience, August 16, 2006).

Let us ask our patroness Mary, to lead us closer to her Beloved Son Jesus!

See you on Tuesday,

Fr. Paul