Because she is the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is both God and man, we honor Mary as the Mother of God. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant represented God’s presence among his people. Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant, because she carried the Lord in her womb. The first reading of today’s feast speaks of the woman clothed with the sun. She is the “great sign” in the heavens, a sign of hope for the pilgrim people of God.
As Mother of God, it was fitting that Mary’s body be preserved from decay. At the end of her earthly life, God brought her to heaven, body and soul. On Calvary, Mary had stood by the cross of Jesus and shared in his sufferings. She shared in his resurrection also, anticipating the resurrection of the body that will occur at the end of the world. As Mary says in today’s gospel, “From now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:48-49).
As Christians, we need not fear death. Jesus has forged the way for us by his resurrection from the dead, leading us to eternal life. Our bodies too will rise again to happiness forever. When the sorrows of earthly life overwhelm us, it helps to remind ourselves that after a few short years, which pass quickly, we will enjoy the happiness of heaven forever.
Our Lady of the Assumption, Mary our mother, pray for us who are still on our pilgrimage through this earthly life. Remind us of our goal, that we are called to happiness in eternal life. May that hope sustain us in difficult moments, so that we will never abandon the path to God. Amen.
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