THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
All the feast days of Mary mark the great mysteries of her life and her part in the work of redemption. The central mystery of her life and person is her divine motherhood, celebrated both at Christmas and a week later on the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The Immaculate Conception (December 8) marks the preparation for that motherhood, so that she had the fullness of grace from the first moment of her existence, completely untouched by sin. Her whole being throbbed with divine life from the very beginning, readying her for the exalted role of mother of the Savior.
The Assumption completes God’s work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God’s crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.
The feast days of the Church are not just the commemoration of historical events; they do not look only to the past. They look to the present and to the future and give us an insight into our own relationship with God. The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.
Please join us on Wednesday, August 15, for this Holy Day of Obligation as we honor our Blessed Mother. Mass times are 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Excerpt from EWTN Global Catholic Network