The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15, 2021
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today we celebrate the feast of The Assumption. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “For the first time in the plan of Salvation and because His Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where His Son and His Spirit could dwell among men.” (721) This feast celebrates Mary’s assumption into heaven. We are confident in her prayers. We are confident that one day we might join her in heaven as members of the Body of Christ.
Mary, the model of discipleship, offers the ideal or a blueprint for what we are called to be. We are called to bear Christ to the world. When we consume the Eucharist, we consume the body and blood of Christ. We become a living tabernacle. We share this gift when we love God and our neighbors. As “those who belong to Christ,” we hold fast to the promise that our Lord has conquered death. Each of us desires to share everlasting life with all people of good will.
When Mary heard the word of the angel, she went to confide in another woman. She moved quickly to the hill country to see Elizabeth, her relative. She entrusted Elizabeth with this incredible news. Elizabeth did not question Mary. Far from it, she was open to Mary and her greeting. The Spirit filled Elizabeth and she proclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
John the Baptist leaps for joy when he senses the nearness of Jesus in Mary’s womb. Where do you experience the greatest joy in your faith journey, or journey of discipleship?
Please pray for all involved with our parish school. Students, faculty and staff will begin a new school year this week.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len