Today we commemorate the Assumption of Mary, who was presumed dead yet assumed into heaven. The Eastern Church describes it as awakening from sleep.
The Catechism says: “Mary was preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son.”
And so the Church solemnizes this historical event that recalls for us the power and the glory of the Risen Life. “For the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in the Resurrection and the anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.”
In humility, Mary wants nothing but to point to her Son, Who lifts up His lowly servant.” Her whole heart is consecrated in the words of the magnificat “God the Almighty has done great things for me, holy is his name.”
Each of us as a consequence must look at our own life through the eyes of Mary. What God did in her; He does in us. Mary’s words, her attitude of life, gives us a new perspective for living. This attitude is one that expresses an interior faith, that denies material things and accepts a faith that is a light for the poor, the downtrodden and the hate filled. Mary’s attitude toward life is Her Son’s, always for others never for self.
We are witnessing more and more Christians, all around the world being persecuted and loosing their lives because they give witness to the Risen Lord. Let our focus be toward heaven, always pointing with Mary to Jesus so others, alienated from Him will, with softened hearts, come to know the Glory of God and enjoy being called ‘blessed’ for all generations.