THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
In Genesis, when God created the earth, he filled it with creatures of all kinds; fishes, birds and animals. He filled it with different plants; shrubs, grass, flowers of various kind and trees to beautify the earth. There were plains, valleys and peaks of different shapes and sizes that are magnificently created and awesome to behold. The vast ocean, the sky and seasons, all remind mankind of God’s creativeness and might. He created man in his image to enjoy his wonderful works. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were placed on earth to live and enjoy a life that God created for them. His one command “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” Genesis 2:17. Adam and Eve were deceived by the crooked snake and chose to disobey; eating the forbidden fruit and causing the fall of mankind. Had they not been disobedient we would be living in a perfect world today. However, God banished them from Eden, and human life now bears the consequence of having to toil for a living and to suffer pain and death.
God is loving and forgiving, and in his infinite mercy has given mankind another chance to make up for the fall. Using the bible timeline God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary about 4000 years from the birth of Adam. Mary who is consecrated to the Lord was about 15 or 16 years old; well brought up by her parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne. Luke 1: 30-32, Gabriel said “Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.” Mary was stunned as she does not have any relationship with man. Luke 1: 35, Gabriel assured her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.” Luke 1: 38, Mary answered, “You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.”
In obeying and answering God’s call, Mary’s life did not become easy. It was fraught with much pain and suffering. We can reflect on the Seven Sorrows of Mary to feel the weight of her sufferings. As Simeon said in Luke 2: 35, a sword will pierce Mary’s soul. Being Mother of Jesus, she endured persecutions and witnessed the sufferings and death of her Son on the cross for the salvation of the world. What is most important on this day as we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is that we recall Mary’s willingness to answer God’s call to be the vessel for Jesus the Son of God to become Man. Pope Pius XII in the Encyclical Munificentissimus Deus on 11/1/1950 proclaimed that “Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” Mary, who is free of all sin through the grace of God, and being the Mother of our Savior, lived her life faithful to God, doing his will. Through God’s grace and power Mary has Assumed into heaven both body and soul.
Contemplate on Mary being exemplary for how we should live our lives, for it is the way back to Paradise. She has shown us the right way, unlike Eve who caused the fall of mankind. Do not be deceived by the lures of evil which lurks and may be very subtle. Be very wary of worldly ways. Parents teach your children well; be good examples. Pray and grow in the wisdom of God as a family. Come to church together. Send your children for faith formation. Practice the Holy Sacraments.
God bless, and may His Holy Spirit be with each of you.
Deaconate Candidate 2024