August 11th, 2019
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast day commemorates when Mary was assumed into heaven, body and soul.
There is a close parallel between the Ascension of Jesus and the Assumption of Mary. The two are different insofar as Jesus ascended into heaven by his own divine power, whereas, Mary was assumed into heaven by Jesus, her Son. However, it is most fitting that since Mary was so closely united to Jesus on earth, that she should now be so closely united to Jesus in heaven. Mary is the “first fruits” of Christ’s redeeming work—both at the beginning of her life in her Immaculate Conception, and at the end of her life in her Assumption.
Here are some beautiful quotes about Mary’s Assumption that I wanted to share:
“As soon as we apprehend by faith the great fundamental truth that Mary is the Mother of God, other wonderful truths follow in its train; and one of these is that she was exempt from the ordinary lot of mortals, which is not only to die, but to become earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Die she must, and die she did, as her divine Son died, for he was man; but various reasons have approved themselves to holy writers, why, although her body was for a while separated from her soul, and consigned to the tomb, yet it did not remain there, but was speedily united to her soul again, and raised by our Lord to a new and eternal life of heavenly glory. … And the most obvious reason for so concluding is this—that other servants of God have been raised from the grave by the power of God, and it is not to be supposed that our Lord would have granted any such privilege to anyone else without also granting it to his own Mother. … Therefore we confidently say that our Lord, having preserved her from sin and the consequences of sin by his Passion, lost no time in pouring out the full merits of that Passion upon her body as well as her soul.” – Blessed John Henry Newman
“The Mother of Jesus in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise she shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God.” – Lumen Gentium (From the Second Vatican Council)
“The bodily glorification of the Virgin is an anticipation of the glorification that is the destiny of all the other elect.” – Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Finally, in honor of Our Lady, and also in honor of IC’s Czech heritage, I would like our community to learn to sing the Zdravas Maria. Some of you have told me how many years ago everyone learned this song in school. We have been singing the Ave Maria (in Latin) after Mass for some time now, and it will be beautiful to begin learning the Zdravas Maria.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,