THEME: THE ALMIGHTY HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME
On August 15, Catholics worldwide mark the Virgin Mary being brought into heaven with a feast, known as the Feast of the Assumption. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) celebrates the entry of Mary into heaven, body and soul. The belief that Mary’s body (as well as her soul) was “assumed” into heaven was defined as a dogma (core belief of the faith) by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution _Munificentissimus Deus_ , but belief in the Assumption of Mary dates back to the earliest centuries of the Church.
The dogma has no direct basis in scripture, however, it is supported by the constant tradition of the Church Belief in the Assumption is also justified on theological grounds. The early Church fathers asserted that it was fitting that God should not allow the one who was born without original sin (that’s the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception there) to suffer the corruption of death (a consequence of original sin); Mary is therefore the “first fruit” of Jesus’ saving action. Moreover, the Church said that it was fitting that Christ would honour the one who carried him in her womb and who gave him flesh. (The blood of Jesus, as Dr. Scott Hahn likes to point out, had its biological origins in Mary).
Although the feast recalls an ancient event, it has important implications for people today.
1. The feast marks the perfection of God’s triumph over evil and death, thus affirming the resurrection.
2. The Assumption also affirms the dignity of our earthly bodies. Our bodies are essentially good, and are meant to be used for good, not abused or used only to pursue passing pleasures. That’s a hopeful message in a culture that too often has little respect for the human body
3. Each and everyone of us is a project in God’s hand. He will mould us the way he moulded Mary.
4. We must always remember that whatever we become and achieve in life is nothing but the grace of God. It’s the Almighty who does great things for us. Hence, we must remain thankful like Mary.
5. We must remain attentive to heavenly things like Mary that someday, we can merit to share in her glory.
6. Anyone that God has blessed and remains faithful to God, will always stand. Nothing can overwhelm or overshadow him.
As we struggle each day to magnify thee Lord, may the favour always be with us that we may become channels of joy, and not sorrows to one another. Amen!