Year C – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56

Today’s feast can answer some very human fear.  Foremost is the fear of death.  The Assumption of Mary calls us to trust that God, who raised Mary, body and soul, to heaven, will also raise us to eternal life.  “In Christ shall all be brought to life,” Paul writes.

The Assumption also challenges any fears about aging.  Our culture puts such a premium on looking young.  The idea of growing old, of maturing into a deeper, wiser, more fully human person is not a priority on today’s cultural agenda.  But, if we think about “looking good” in terms of reflecting on the goodness of the God who created us so that we may sing, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” then our days may be lived out in the faith, hope, and love that we have because of Jesus Christ and his saving death and resurrection.  The Spirit that came upon Mary at the Annunciation and again at Pentecost is at work even now in us.  Mary’s destiny is our destiny.

How do you see God’s promise for us in this feast?

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