Scripture: 1st Reading: Rev.11,19;12,1-6,10; Resp. Psalm: Ps45,10-12,16; 2bd Reading: 1Cor15,20-27; Gospel: Lk1,39-56
Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. It is a holy day of obligation when we must attend Mass and offer our thanksgiving and praises to God for the wonderful things He did in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The first reading today summarizes in a vision, her role and the great reward the eternal God gave her for her perseverance. With her cooperation, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come."
Holy Virgin by God's eternal decree. The one who was overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit and became the tabernacle of the Most High. For her to conceive and bring forth the only Son of God, the Perfection of creation, the Spirit came upon her and she was under the shadow of the Almighty. The power of the Most High lived and dwelt within her and totally possessed her.
The Spirit of the Living God hovered over the waters at the dawn of creation to bring about that first miracle of creation when the Most High God created out of nothing. In the fullness of time, this same Spirit of God did not hover but took abode in the womb of this Virgin daughter of Zion, Mary of Nazareth.
The privileges of this woman were recognized by John the Baptist in the womb of his mother Elizabeth. John leapt for joy. Elizabeth called Mary's visit a privilege! She called her blessed among women. She also called the fruit of her womb "blessed". She referred to Mary as the "mother of my Lord". Elizabeth saw this as a great privilege she was unworthy to have. She referred to Mary as a great believer, a woman of great faith who trusted and believed that what was spoken to her from the Lord would be fulfilled.
The Mother of God in her Magnification, her song of thanksgiving, exulted God for the unmerited privileges He granted her in her life. She was nothing, God made her someone by the merits of His Son. The Almighty did great things for her and holy is His name. He put down the mighty and exulted the humble. He filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich empty away.
God privileged this woman. God raised her up as example of what His grace can achieve in the life of a mortal creature. She was not just mother of the Son. She was a great disciple of her Son. She followed Him from the time she gave birth to Him to the place of His gruesome death on Calvary. She saw it all. She cooperated with her Son in all the phases of His life.
Her Son, the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep, could not permit that His mother would see the corruption of the tomb. This is because the same body had been mysteriously prepared by God Himself for the Incarnation and birth of His Son, the Author of all life. Our Christian living Tradition had consistently taught from the first century that Mary was never buried in any tomb.
No tomb could contain this prize. She was taken up to heaven body and soul by Her divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Her many apparitions all through history have further confirmed this belief in a very comprehensive manner. Death came through one man but the defeat of death and the grave came also through one Man. At the end, the Son of man would deliver the kingdom to God His Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Let us therefore rejoice on this great day for the salvation achieved through our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice for the great marvels God worked in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of His Son. Let us rejoice at the great privilege of her Assumption into heaven. Let us see in it a glimpse of what shall be our reward when we faithfully follow Christ during our journey here on earth. Let us imitate these virtues of this great woman and mother, who was a disciple of her Son and who cooperated fully with Him in His work of salvation.
Let us pray: "Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant, we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Attend Mass today. Happy celebration.