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Aug 12, 2017 Written by  Fr. Paulino Twesigye Mondo

The solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Be the first to comment!

Mary 2016

Theme: Mary is our Mother Mentor and admirable

Assumption helps us to celebrate a woman who stands out as a model of discipleship for believers. To appreciate the role and the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Bible is sufficient. Luke and Acts in particular present us a woman who is a mother and mentor. Mary is mother not only in the sense that she agreed to give birth to Jesus through the Immaculate Conception; she is also a mother in that she welcomed the living Word of God into her life. Assumption is a nucleus of our faith because it demonstrates that Mary, like Christ her Son, overcame death and is already triumphant in heavenly glory in body and soul. She was so close to Jesus on earth to the extent that she had to be with him in heaven.

First reading: Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10

She is that blessed woman so close to us. Her faith had to overcome dark and difficult times since she did not understand everything immediately. She had to ask the angel to explain cf. Luke 1:34 and often wondered what was being said of her Son. The plan of God for her and her Son remained mysterious and hidden from her until the light of Easter clarified everything. We find Mary an Active member of the first Christian Community in Jerusalem. Acts say that the disciples devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women and Mary the mother of Jesus cf. Acts 1:14. Mary is not like a godlike creature, but a woman who experiences joys and sorrows, the aguish and hopes like all others.

The scene described in the first reading is very imposing. Two great signs appear in the sky. The first is a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars. The second sign is a huge dragon, dreadfully strong capable of sweeping away a third of the stars with its tail. The woman was with a child and was wailing in pain as she laboured to give birth. The dragon stood before the woman to devour her child as soon as she gave birth because it knew that he was destined to rule the nations with an iron rod. The woman would have been overwhelmed, but her son was taken up to the throne of God by divine intervention, while the woman fled into the desert. At this point a voice came from heaven proclaiming: ‘Now salvation and power have come and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.’ Mary therefore is the woman of the promise because she gave birth to the Messiah that has changed for better the history of humanity. Of course, in comparison with the dragon, so heavily armed, this Woman Mary, who is the Church, seemed vulnerable and defenseless. Truly God is vulnerable in the world, because he is Love and love is vulnerable. Yet he holds the future in his hands: it is love, not hatred, that triumphs; it is peace that is victorious in the end. We ought to thank the Lord for this consolation but also see it as a commitment for us to take the side of good and peace.

Who are the three characters! The woman, the dragon and the newly born child? The Child is Christ who is destined to rule the world with an iron rod. The woman who appears to be Mary is the Church and twelve apostles are the stars on her head. The sun is the divine glory that has enshrouded the people. The moon is the god worshipped by the pagan neighbors and enemies of faith. The red dragon is the embodiment of evil that work contrary to salvation; it is the enemy of God and his plan to save mankind. The Easter fact has inflicted deadly wound on the dragon now routed and defeated once and for all but in its death it drags on to the earth a third of the stars with its tail. The stars falling from heaven do not represent the angels, but Christians who when persecuted give in to temptations of evil and are seduced to worldly pleasures.

Second reading: 1Corinthians 15:20-27

Death and dying are mentioned quite often in the New Testament and with good reason since Christ’s victory over death is the fundamental truth of the Christian message. In today’s second reading we find the term ‘death’ and ‘to die’ mentioned 6 times. We are believers and yet we fear death. The truth is that death is not only something we encounter at the end of our days on earth; it is an experience that is always with us. Illness, solitude, depression and pain are situations that hinder us from experiencing life in its fullness; they are all different forms of death. Death is in our hearts.  Our own lives are marked too by graves in form of families breaking up, personal relationships snapped, inability to show affection, hatred, revenge.

We feel powerless to confront these negative forces that deprive us of normal life. The best human wish is to eliminate death once and for all. His silence is sometimes disconcerting and often a hard test of our faith. Today St Paul is calling us to maturity in this very world where there are seeds of life and germs of death. God is working on a masterpiece, and in his mind; it is already complete: the redeemed world that at the end of time, Christ will hand over to his Father cf. 1Corinthians 15:24. Through Assumption of Mary we celebrate the feast of the one who was never defeated by death. Just like her Son, Mary never tried to run away from her human condition and never asked for discounts or miraculous favors. She looked at the reality of this world through the eyes of God and so she was able to change every death situation into an opportunity to grow mature in love. Christ has not removed biological death; the human body, like that of every other creature, wastes away. He won death not because he found a miraculous way to keep us in this world. The world is a battlefield where forces of death and life battle each other. It is easy to see the forces of death appear but the forces of life have the last smile. Since death came through a human person, the resurrection of the dead came also through Jesus God made man.

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

Luke makes us understand that Mary is the true Ark and tent of the Covenant. God, who became present here on earth, truly dwells in Mary. St. Augustine says: ‘Before conceiving the Lord in her body she had already conceived him in her soul’. This constitutes the whole content of the Dogma of the Assumption. Mary is blessed because totally, in body and soul she became the Lord’s dwelling place. By this she does not merely invite our admiration but she guides us, shows us the way of life and how we can become blessed like her. Let us listen once again to Elizabeth’s words fulfilled in Mary’s Magnificat: ‘Blessed is she who believed’. The first fundamental act in order to become a dwelling place of God is to believe. It is faith in God that makes us hear unique. Life is empty if we do not believing in God. Believing is not adding one opinion to others. The conviction that God exists is not information like any other. Regarding most information, it makes no difference to us whether it is true or false; it does not change our lives. But if God does not exist, life is empty, the future is empty. Believing that God exists changes everything. Faith brings light into life and makes us have guidance for how to live.

Together with the whole of Scripture, Mary is speaking of ‘fear of God’. Perhaps this is a phrase with which we are not very familiar or do not like very much. But ‘fear of God is not anguish; it is the beginning of wisdom. Fear of God is that sense of responsibility that we are bound to possess. We are responsible for the portion of the world and its history that has been entrusted to us and its good administration; thus contributing to the victory of goodness and peace. Mary is that Lady whom

‘All generations will call blessed’; this means that the future belongs to God. He is the true God who conquers the mighty dragon which represents all the powers of violence in the world. To us human persons these powers seem invincible but Mary tells us that they are not invincible. Imagine in this technological age, we have advanced so much in scientific knowledge; we have explored the outer space of the galaxies and the inner space of atoms, electrons, neutrons. We have made much advance in genetic engineering that we can clone and alter natural offspring. We have made great advances in psychological and human sciences that we can brainwash and make people crazy. But when it comes to living our lives, our greatest need is to find somebody who will inspire us to do what we know we should. This where models of faith becomes paramount.

Application

Mary is for us a model of purity, perseverance, patience and courage. In the footsteps of Christ, she is the indelible witness of consistence when it comes to love faithfully. She inspires us to tread the path of salvation by being prayerful; ready to do the will of God and remaining she was sinless. This is the trademark she vested to be able to be taken body and soul to heaven upon thus gaining perpetual habitation with God forever. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself. This is the prayer of Mary which is ours as well.

 

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