FOCUS: “Mary, Our Cause of Joy and Hope in the New Academic Year”
Readings: Apocalypse 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 // 1Corinthians 15:20-26// Luke 1:39-56
(Psalm 44 )
Learning to understand the Feast of Assumption
“In Mary’s glorious assumption, we celebrate the fulfillment of our Christian destiny, and with her we proclaim the greatness of the Lord” (Introduction to the Feast, August 15).
The Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, celebrated each year on August 15, is a foretaste of that to which we joyfully gaze. In gratitude and love for her complete gift of herself to Him, God has brought Mary to be with Him in his Kingdom in body and soul.
In 1950, Pope Pius XII solemnly defined: “The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary always Virgin, after having completed the course of her earthly life, was elevated body and soul into the heavenly glory.”
The Gospels point to Mary as a woman, strong, willing and determined, who responds with all her trust and faith to God’s call addressed to her. She said: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word (Lk 1:38).”
When she understood that God’s promise was being fulfilled in her, a song of praise sprang from her heart. With the “joys, the pains and the questions of every mother she will accompany till the end this son given to her” (Aujourd’hui Dimanche, Juillet-Septembre 1997, p.160).