On Thursday, August 15, Holy Mother Church will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Approaching the solemn day from another perspective, each of us have an opportunity to be recharged through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by the Word of God in the readings of Sacred Scripture and Our Lord, Jesus Christ in His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist.
When we speak of Mary’s Assumption into the glorious Kingdom of Heaven, we’re talking about a dogma of our Christian faith which comes from our Sacred Tradition and has been celebrated in the Universal Church’s liturgy throughout the centuries from ancient times even before its solemn definition by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950. Throughout the centuries, devoted Christians have always believed and understood that Our Lady, at the completion of her earthly life, was given a special privilege when she was assumed into heaven. Taken body and soul together in order that she would share in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection.
Mary’s complete personhood was taken up into the glorious kingdom. And from that moment on, Our Lady shares in her only Son’s victory as the power of Jesus’ Resurrection is immediately played out when her earthly life was completed. The Lord God spared Mary’s body from corruption and decay when she was assumed into Heaven just as he spared her from original sin and its effects at the beginning of her life through her Immaculate Conception.
The Most Blessed Virgin Mary is the first recipient of what will be granted to us at the end of time when the dead will be resurrected.
Our bodies will be reunited with our immortal souls. It will be an eternal gift that we will look forward to, living forever in Heavenly paradise, body and soul praising our Heavenly Father for all eternity.