Homily, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -2021 -- Msgr. Joseph K. Ntuwa

Rev 11:19; 1 Cor 15:20-26, Luke 1:39-56

For the past three Sundays the gospels have focused on the feeding of the five thousand and the bread of life discourse in John’s gospel. Next week, we’ll return again to consider the crowd’s response to Jesus’ proclamation, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven”, but for this weekend we make a detour to celebrate the Assumption with the Gospel of Luke’s visitation of Mary to Elizabeth.  The entire Church −triumphant, pilgrim and suffering− rejoices on this great day when the Most Blessed Trinity rewards Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, glorifying her at the end of her life on earth

Every feast of Mary is also a feast of Jesus; because every special privilege which our faith believes has been extended to Mary was given to her by God precisely because of her relationship with her Son.  If Mary is Queen of Heaven, it is because she was destined from the beginning, in God’s plan of salvation, to become the human mother of the Word made flesh. In fact, most of Mary’s special graces are parallels to the mysteries in the life of our Lord which we celebrate on other feast days.   Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin mother because he was both Son of God and Son of Mary, fully human and fully divine; and we celebrate that on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation. Mary, for her part, is fully human – but because she was destined to become the God-Bearer, in his goodness and love God extended to her a special parallel privilege.  She was conceived immaculate – that is, free from the stain of original sin – in the womb of her mother, St. Anne; and we celebrate her Immaculate Conception on December 8. 

What is the dogma of the Assumption all about?

The dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady means that Our Lady was “taken up body and soul into heavenly glory” without suffering death, which is a consequence of original sin. The following words are taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 966  teach and reiterate the dogma on the Assumption of Our Lady promulgated by Pius XII in 1950; “the “assumption of the blessed virgin is a singular participation in her son’s resurrection” is also an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians”. The exultant culmination of Our Lady’s life on earth with her glorification both in body and soul will be the final destiny and finale for all faithful Christians, her children, and confirms our hope of reaching heaven to contemplate the Blessed Trinity. So, it is a great day for us as well. 

Our Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished the victory over sin and death. By baptism, we have been promised a share in this victory, a victory beyond our ability. Mary has shown us the way. She trusted in God from the very start, willingly consented to God’s will, became her Son’s first disciple, and mourned him at the foot of the cross. May her heavenly rewards be ours. In Mary’s assumption we get a glimpse of the heavenly reward God has planned for all who hold Christ dear in their hearts.

As the model of discipleship, Mary offers us the ideal of what we are all called to be- those who bear Christ to the world. In the Eucharist we consume the body and blood of our Lord, and also dedicate ourselves to be living tabernacles.   May we, like Mary do the will of God in our lives.

May we, like Mary be humble and trust in God’s ways of providence. May we know that we need God’s help to face the troubles of this life. And with grateful hearts, let us like Mary to give Jesus to others.

 

 

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