August 15, 2021 - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.”
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
by Sister Joseph Fennimore, OSB
“Mary is the dawn and splendor of the Church triumphant; she is the consolation and hope of people still on the journey.” This quote from Pope Benedict XVI sums up the messages in the readings for today.
The solemnity of the Assumption, the celebration of Mary’s entrance into heaven, soul and body, shows us the complete glorification of Mary, the Mother of God. She is wholly in the presence of the Holy Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Throughout her life the graces Mary received led her to the glorious moment of her assumption. Her journey to glory began here on earth. Her greatest grace was her role as the Mother of God, the spotless Christ-bearer. She was conceived without sin and chose to live a sin-free life. She had the presence of Christ with her always.
Mary shared this life of grace with others. The Gospel of today tells us of her immediate visit to her cousin Elizabeth and the effect of the grace she carried on the older woman. Elizabeth was filled with the presence of God as she recognized Mary’s role as the Mother of God. The child in Elizabeth’s womb leapt for joy as he too was immersed in this grace.
Mary, in her glorification, has continued, down through the ages, to bring the Son of God to us all, and to lead us to him. She is always available to comfort, listen and help us with our needs. She also points out to us the needs of others. In her prayer in the Gospel, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…,” she reminds us to be aware of those who are on the edges of society, the lowly, the hungry. This role of intercessor for all is also one of her great glories and will continue until all have reached glory in heaven.
From the Rule of St. Benedict
“So that in all things God may be glorified.” Rule of Benedict 57:9
“Mary is taken up to heaven; a chorus of angels exults.”