THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
(A biblical reflection on the Solemnity of THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY – Sunday, 13 August 2017)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26
First Reading: Revelation 11:19;12:1-6,10; Psalms: Psalm 45:10-12,16; Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56
The Scripture Text
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of thos who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. The comes the end, when He delivers the Kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:20-26 RSV)
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not just a celebration of a glorious event in Mary’s life. It’s a celebration of the destiny that awaits all of us. Mary assumption proves that we too can rise again in body and n spirit – just as she was taken body and soul into heaven.
St. Paul taught that through baptism into God’s family, we are set free from the bondage to sin. Yet He also knew that we are still subject to pain and suffering. Living in this world is tough at times, as our bodies and spirits experience the effects of sin and death. One day, however, all of this will be gone – and that’s what we celebrate today. One day, we will die and rise again with Jesus, and all of our wounds will be healed. We will live with Jesus with glorified bodies and divinized spirits, and we will never have to endure the pain and sorrow of this world again.
How should we celebrate this day? By imagining the heaven that was Mary’s destination and that is ours as well. In heaven, we will have never-ending energy to worship God. We will be able to dance and sing and run and jump without ever feeling tired or sick. All the things that have hurt us or could hurt us will not be there. No more sickness or pain. No more tears. No more insecurity. No more distrust or fear or anger or envy. We will know how much we are loved because we will have full communion with God. We will know the acceptance and peace of belonging to our heavenly Father.
In prayer today, let’s us meditate on God’s plan for our resurrection. Imagine what it will be like when we are with Him. Then, as we go about our day, let’s look for ways to bring a little piece of heaven to earth. It only takes one prayer time to begin making a difference. We only need a taste of heaven before we can start spreading the hope and promise of life in Christ to our friends, neighbors, and family. Christ is risen; His mother is in heaven with Him; and we can all join them one day. Who says there’s no good news in the world?
Prayer: All praise to You, Jesus, for conquering death for all of us! You are an amazing, glorious God! Amen.
Jakarta, 11 August 2017
A Christian Pilgrim