The Assumption of Our Lady – Wednesday 14th August for 15th August
Our Lord’s Mother is taken body and soul up into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. She was assumed into heavenly glory by God.
We honour her for who she is and what role she was chosen for by God, Our Father – to be the Mother of the Son of God!
Mary’s whole existence and her importance to the world is because she was the Mother of Jesus Christ – the Mother of the Sacrificial Lamb. She was an instrument of faith that God used to show His love to the world. Through her, He sent His Son.
Pope Pius XII pointed to Genesis 3:15, where scripture supported Mary’s victory over sin and death, which was due to her intimate association with the ‘new Adam,’ Jesus Christ.
Because of Mary’s YES, this intimate relationship with Jesus Christ has been made available to us too. Jesus has given us this victory over sin and death too! Oh wow!!!
In the first miracle Jesus performed on the earth, it was Mary who told the servants, ‘Do whatever He says,’ for that was her attitude of heart. She trusted in Him completely. This was the same response to the Angel Gabriel’s announcement that God had chosen her to be the Mother of the Messiah. ‘Do with me what you will. I am the handmaiden of the Lord.’
What came out of her mouth was what was in her heart. What she believed in. The gospel of Matthew 15, verse 18 says, ‘those things that come out of a person’s mouth come forth from the heart.’
Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, ‘for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.’
Her trust in Him was total. She did not question what or how He was going to fix the problem of no wine. But she knew He would do something.
This example displayed by Our Lady should show us that Jesus does not leave us to fix our own problems. He is aware of them. He may hide from us for a while, to test us to see if we speak out what is in our hearts. He sometimes checks what our attitude is. Towards Him? Towards things? Where are our priorities?
Will we still praise Him even when there is no fruit on the tree, no crop in the field… or will we curse Him. The last few verses in Habakkuk chapter 3 in the Old Testament is a beautiful testimony of an attitude of total trust in Our God:
Verse 17 starts, ‘Though the fig tree does not bloom,
and no fruit on the vines,
though the produce of the olive fails,
and the fields yield no food;
Though the flock is cut off from the fold,
And there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will exult in the God of my salvation.
God the Lord , is my strength…’
Jesus made Mary’s importance to us even more so on the Cross with his words, ‘this is your Mother.’
So, not only was she the Mother of the Messiah, the Saviour of the World, she was given to us as our spiritual Mother. A Mother to all who follow Jesus Christ.
Mary has only ever been talked about in all stories from the bible in relation to her Son, Jesus.
Mary within her, ‘His grace perfected in a human being,’ brought Jesus to the world and the world to Jesus. (also seen in the first miracle).
She gave the Word of God flesh by the Holy Spirit at His birth.
She was proclaiming Jesus Christ to lead others to Him. Everything in her life points to her Son. This is exactly what she did at the first miracle. Told us the servants to do what He says. Pointed to Him.
Mary – God-bearer – the name depicts God’s gift to her and so to us, this gift of her Son.
The entwining of Jesus and Mary is like no other human relationship. Full of Grace! Full of The Son of God Himself.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church Par.722, it states: ‘it was fitting that the mother of Him in whom the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,’ should herself be ‘full of Grace.’ She was by sheer grace. God’s favour, conceived without sin…”
“The blessed virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, was preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” (Catechism Par. 421)
What occurs in any prayer to Mary, in any recitation of the Rosary, is that Mary sends all prayers to Her Son. She looks to Jesus for everything. When we repeatedly say the ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Glory Be’ it is to focus on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and some of it is through the eyes of His Mother.
Our God himself invited Mary into the saving story of His Son Jesus Christ, and she knows the honour and duty bestowed on her.
What an example of surrender she gives to us, seen in everything written about her.
We can do no better than following this human example of love and surrender.
So, on reflection, Mary is someone who I pray to so she can petition her Son for me. Mary can support me in asking her son for Grace, for mercy!
She loves us as a perfect mother. Don’t compare her to your earthly mother, (who may be wanting).
Mary dispenses perfect LOVE, for there was NO sin within her. Born without sin. She was redeemed from the moment of her conception.
Mary consoles us, reprimands us, gives us tough love when we need it, and at other times the soft caressing love of a mother.
Let us honour her by saying her prayer. Maybe today, we all understand just a little more of the honour God has bestowed upon Mary, and so we too will honour her accordingly. We don’t worship her, we honour her.
Hail Mary, full of Grace
The Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among woman
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of death, Amen.