Aug. 15, 2917 (Solemnity of the Assumption)

In our news dominated culture, we tend to view events historically. In this approach, the Assumption celebrates what happened to Mary in the past. Liturgy does more than recall a past event, it draws us into divine mystery where that event is present here and now. This is the “Good News” contained in today’s Feast. First, Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven. Second, Mary’s assumption reminds us that we too will someday join Mary in heaven. Third, Mary is not only the mother of Jesus, but also our spiritual mother. She prays for us day and night that we persevere in our struggle to win, as she did, the reward of eternal life. This is the “Good News” we celebrate in this liturgy. This is what we pray; this is what we believe.


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