NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 15- The Glorious Assumption of Mary
In the Eastern Church, the dormition (“falling asleep”) of Mary began to be commemorated in the 6th century. The observance gradually spread to the West, where it became known as the feast of the Assumption. This doctrine became an article of faith when Pope Pius XII promulgated the dogma of the Assumption on
November 1, 1950 by the decree Munificentissimus Deus (the most bountiful God). It says, “The Immaculate Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to Heavenly glory.”
Meaning of the Assumption
The Assumption of Mary to Heaven is the sign of all that has been accomplished through the work of Christ. In her, we witness the resurrection of the body and the new creation which has been promised. Mary’s Assumption is the guarantee of the final resurrection of all the faithful. This is the feast of HOPE giving us the certainty of our own glory awaiting us.
“In the bodily and spiritual glory which she possesses in heaven, the Mother of Jesus continues in this present world as the image and first flowering of the Church as she is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise, Mary shines forth on Earth, until the day of the Lord shall come (cf. 2 Peter 3:10), as a sign of certain hope and comfort for the pilgrim People of God.” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 68)
Let us honor and call upon Her to intercede for us as we journey into our own eternal life.
✝ Fr. Mathai Vellappallil SDB