Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption
OUR CHRISTIAN FULFILMENT
In 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the bodily assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven to be a dogma of the Catholic Church. It was a cause of great joy throughout the Catholic world.
The feast of the Assumption tells us that Mary has completed her earthly pilgrimage, and she was assumed – her body and soul went up heaven. It was the crowning grace of Mary’s friendship with God. She was free from sin ever since her conception and she too was free from all other sins. Mary’s glorification reminds us that on the last day we too shall rise from the dead and our souls will not decay but will be united with the Lord. Where she has gone we hope to follow. For this glory to come true, we need to try to live now, a life soaked in the values that Mary cherished in her life.
As Paul says, “If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we persevere, we shall also reign with him,” (2 Tim. 2:11,12). Through her glorious Assumption, the Blessed Virgin Mary has begun to reign with Christ as all Christians shall, at the Resurrection of the dead.
Her Assumption into heaven should inspire us to see the worth of making every effort to live life properly. Today’s feast gives us an opportunity to reflect on Mary who was a great figure in the life of Christ. She was always cooperating with her Son, Jesus. It should not be so difficult to apply the message of Mary’s life to our own because like us she is not far-off from real life. She lived with the same ups and downs as we do everyday. She is a living symbol in our lives. We too are called to live for the same values for which Mary lived, so that we can share in her heavenly glory. We are not born for this earth but for heaven. One day we shall enjoy the vision of God in heaven.
In Mary’s glorious Assumption we celebrate the fulfillment of our Christian destiny, and with her we proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Let us ask the Lord to give us the heart and strength for the most difficult tasks that have to be done. May we too walk in faith and love like Mary in this life and one day we may join Mary in the company of Jesus her Son.