The Solemnity Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah 

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The Solemnity Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

First Reading: Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a.10ab
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 45
Second Reading: I Cor. 15:20-27
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-56

Theme: “All generations will call me Blessed”.

Introduction

Sundays are known as the days of the Lord but today is a special kind of Sunday for us Catholics because on fifteenth day of August we do celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today the Church offers us the opportunity to reflect on the unique role that the mother of our Saviour Lord Jesus Christ played in our salvation history and her position in the kingdom of her Son.

Explanation of the text

Today we celebrate one of the Dogmas of the Church; the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which states that:
”… the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”–Munificentissimus Deus.

It is important to note that the Assumption is not equivalent to the Ascension of the Lord, as how some had misunderstood, thinking that we believe in Mary’s ‘Ascension’ into heaven. Jesus ascended into heaven by His own power and might, to sit on His Throne in heaven while as the Assumption refers to the moment when Mary, by the grace and the power of God was taken up into Heaven, not on her own accord.

The critics of this dogmatic teachings of the Church will argue that where exactly in the scriptures can we find the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary? The Church teaches that Mary has been chosen by God to be the special Vessel and to be the New Ark of Covenant. Remember the Old Ark of the Covenant contained the Word of God which was inscribed on a tablet. Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant because she bore in her womb the Word which was made flesh and dwelt among us ( cf John 1:1ff).

Mary who was to give birth to God Himself had to be given a special grace of being conceived without the tainted of original sin. In Luke 1:28, the Angel addressed her as: “Hail Mary full of grace”. The Greek word “Κεχαριτωμένη-(Kecharitomene)” has the nuance of completeness. This suggests that she was filled with grace to the brim and that there is no iota of corruption nay sin in her. It follows from the above discourse that Mary ought not have been subjected to the punishment and suffering of death since death is the punishment and consequence of sin ( Romans 6:23), and if Mary had not been tainted or corrupted by sin, then death has no hold over her.

Our first reading makes some allusions to a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Some scholars are of the view that the description in this pericope is our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary while as others maintain that it refers to the Mother Church. In the scriptures we have certain individuals who never tasted death and corruption ( Enoch Gen 5:21-24 & Elijah 2Kgs2:11).

What this Solemnity offers us then, is hope in this journey of life. There is hope for all us to gain admission into heaven by following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who accepted the Word, pondered over the Word, lived with the Word, journeyed with the Word and today united with the Word in heaven.

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