A CELEBRATION OF FULFILLMENT
Today we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her life became the basis of the Church to declare this feast in her honour and as a fruit of her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us go back to November 1 1950, and recall the Bull of Pope Pius XII. Muneficentissimus Deus: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul, and by our own, we proclaim and define it to be a dogma revealed by God, that the Immaculate Mother of God, Mary Ever-virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of Heaven.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary’s assumption depends totally on Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Through her Son, who conquered death, the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed to heaven. Mary’s whole existence was transformed because of her union with Jesus. Being the first fruit of His resurrection, Mary is the sign of our future glory in union with Jesus Christ. This is a celebration of fulfilment.
Fulfilment means completion. The Greek word for completion is “TELOS”, which means goal, whole, perfection. The Assumption is God’s embrace into the mystery of His completion and perfection. In the Blessed Virgin Mary, we see what it means to be complete in a life embraced by the mystery of our perfect God. Her assumption is also a celebration of our destiny. Where the Blessed Mother is, we will be. We are being led into the mystery of completion, into the mystery of God.
When we honour Mary, we do not draw a wedge between her and humanity. She is united with the sufferings of God’s people. We acclaim Mary to remind us of the future that God has in store for all of us. We invoke Mary so that we may continue the same journey of faith and reach the fulfilment of our human longing. With Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary shows us what can happen to a person who is totally open to the mystery of God’s love. Like her, we can discover the meaning of our whole existence in the will of God, our Father. In union with Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary represents the hope of all humanity.
Reflection: The heart of Mary was the first monstrance of Jesus Christ!
The womb of Mary was His first tabernacle!
The arms of Mary were His first altar!
The lap of Mary was His first throne!