Finding the Treasure II

Difficulty in reflecting or preaching on the Assumption has always been the absence of any biblical account that the "ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven" (Pius XII, Nov. 1, 1950). The dogma arose from centuries of reflection on the relation of Mary to the total Christ event. The readings today capture this connection. Paul looks to the transformation of all in Christ and to the resurrection of their bodies. Today’s feast says that Mary now lives with that transformation that is our hope.

The Gospel is especially powerful in the passage where Mary herself heralds with joy the God of reversals, who exalts "a lowly servant," whom all generations will now call blessed. She sings of God’s mercy to the weak, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. Mary’s assumption is her ultimate "lifting up," as will be our resurrection. In Luke, Mary is the one who hears God’s word, acts upon it and brings forth Christ to the world. From her body is formed the incarnate Son of God, a symbol that the body of every Christian is the bearer of God’s presence. The themes for this feast are rich: a woman raised to the presence of God; a humble servant who is the agent of God’s reversals; a model for us in our journey from responding "let it be done" to ultimate transformation when "the last enemy to be destroyed is death" (1 Cor. 15:27).

Advertisement
Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

When we find the place God has made for us, we will feel right at home.
Michael SimoneDecember 14, 2018
The miraculous star and exotic messengers reveal Jesus’ messianic role.
Michael SimoneDecember 14, 2018
Even the simplest moment has in it a world-changing significance for anyone who is ready to find the work of God.
Michael SimoneNovember 30, 2018
Many dreamed of an apocalyptic day when God would sweep oppressive realities away.
Michael SimoneNovember 30, 2018