The Assumption of Mary triumphantly proclaims the Good News of Easter: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you …” (I Peter 1:3-4)
In St. Peter’s time, life after death was not a common belief. Any afterlife believers would have held that only the human soul would live on. The Apostles proclaimed not only that Jesus rose again in a glorified body and soul but that we too shall rise to a glorified life, body and soul, if we follow Him in faith. Mary, her heart closest to His own loving Heart, has been raised to glory before us. She is our sign of hope.
“Mary models for us faith as a journey… In this way she precedes us on this pilgrimage, she accompanies and sustains us,” says Pope Francis. “[Her] entire life was to follow her Son: he – Jesus – is the way, he is the path! … listen to him and be guided by his words; see how he acts and follow in his footsteps” (October 2013).
“Mary believes and proclaims that God does not leave his humble and poor children alone, but helps them with mercy, with care… The “great things” done in her by the Almighty touch us deeply, speak to us of our journey in life, remind us of the destination that awaits us: our Father’s house. Our life, seen in the light of Mary assumed into Heaven, is not a meaningless wandering, but is a pilgrimage which, while with all its uncertainty and suffering, has a sure destination: our Father’s house, who awaits us with love. It is beautiful to consider this: that we have a Father who waits for us with love, and that our Mother Mary is also up there and waiting for us with love.”
Meanwhile, God gives us a sign of this hope with a face and a name, says Pope Francis. It is “the luminous face of the Mother of the Lord, the blessed name of Mary, full of grace, for she believed in the word of the Lord: the great believer!” (August 2015)
All are welcome to join in a Procession for the Feast of the Assumption on August 15, prior to Mass. For information, contact Patricia Perez or Phil Godbolt at firstname.lastname@example.org.