August 15, Assumption of the Virgin Mary
The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold. — Psalm 45:10
Mass Readings: Vigil: 1 Chronicles 15:3-4,15-16;16:1-2/1 Corinthians 15:54b-57/Luke 11:27-28; Day: Revelation 11:19a;12:1-6a,10ab/1 Corinthians 15:20-27/Luke 1:39-56
Mary, Our Pledge
Mary’s Assumption into heaven is the pledge of the fulfillment of Christ’s promise of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. As Paul reminds us, “just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life.”
This oldest of Mary’s feasts was first celebrated in Jerusalem, then in all the churches of the East, and in the seventh century in Rome. Originally known as the “Falling Asleep of Mary,” the name of the feast was changed in the West to the “Assumption of Mary,” since there is more to the feast than her dying. Mary has been taken up, body and soul, into heaven. As she proclaims in the Gospel, “the Almighty has done great things for me.” Pope Benedict XVI said that Mary’s Assumption proves that earth is not our definitive homeland.
Prayer: Blessed Mother, help us along the path of Christian commitment wherever your Son leads us.
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