HOMILY FOR THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (15/08/2021)
THEME: THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE
The word ‘assumption’ has different meanings. One meaning is the act of taking someone into heaven. Today is a day of thanksgiving to God for honouring our beloved Mother Mary by taking her, body and soul, into heaven. As a church, we believe that God did not allow the body of the Blessed Virgin Mary to decay because it was a holy dwelling place of God.
The fact of the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven as a dogma of the Church was declared by Pope Pius XII in 1950. For the catechism puts it clearly, “Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things… (CCC, 966).
The Book of revelation today points to this mystery: “God’s temple was opened. And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 11:19; 12:1).
The solemnity of the Assumption celebrates the completion of God’s triumph in Mary. It’s Mary’s singular participation in her son’s resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians. As we remember the triumph of grace in Mary, we pray that she may intercede for us through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!