Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15, 2021
Science-fiction movies today often portray a bleak picture of the future--perhaps because we live in a time of serious threats to our well-being. Christians seek to be people of hope in such a time.
Today we celebrate that hope with our Catholic belief that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven, to share in the resurrection of Christ her son. Besides celebrating Mary, this feast also holds a promise of hope for each of us.
In today’s Second Reading, Saint Paul tells us that the members of the Body of Christ also will share in his resurrection at the end of time, when death itself will be destroyed. Meanwhile, we live with that promise. God gives us the power to live our lives now in a new way.
Mary’s “Magnificat” connects that promise in day-to-day living. She proclaims the wonderful things God has done—and will do—for her. But not only for Mary, but “for those who fear God in every generation.” May we imitate Mary by living now in the hope of future resurrection, confident that God is with us here and now—a God who cares for the poor, lifts up the lowly, and liberates us to live in hope!