The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary
This beautiful Gospel tells the story of Mary carrying the baby Jesus in her womb. When she greets Elizabeth the encounter fills her with the Holy Spirit. Mary knew this gift was not of her, it came from her communion with the Son of God.
Without God Mary is nothing and she understands this, crying out “my soul proclaims the greatness of God.” We also need communion with Jesus to receive eternal life from God and this is why the Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (Lumen Gentium 11).
The feast we celebrate today is a teaching about Mary. There are four – her perpetual virginity, that she is the Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception, and that she was assumed into heaven. Mother Mary has revealed that God wants a fifth dogma proclaiming her our Advocate before God, the Mediatrix of all grace, and Co-redemptrix. It seems that this will be proclaimed soon, at the time of the second Pentecost.
Today, we celebrate a special favour that God gave to Mary. “Having completed her earthly life, Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory" (Pius XII).
Jesus, the Son of God was born from Mary's pure womb. So when Mary died God would not let the body of the Mother of His Son, be spoilt. This was her reward for her love of God, her years of faithful prayers and suffering, and her helping her Son Jesus to redeem the world.
Now Mary is in heaven with Jesus. She is queen of heaven and earth. She is the Mother of Jesus' Church and queen of apostles. Every time Mary asks Jesus to give us graces, he listens to her request. She is our advocate and the mediatrix of all grace.
After the resurrection from the dead, we, too, can go to heaven with our bodies. Our bodies will be perfect. They will not suffer illness anymore. They will not need any more food and drink to keep alive. They will be beautiful and splendid!
If we use our bodies now to do good, those bodies will share in our heavenly reward.
As we celebrate the feast day of Mary, we can ask our Blessed Mother Mary to guide, protect and care for us.