The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Revelations 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Luke 11: 27-28
The Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption is "the summer feast" for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. I remember as a young boy, this feast, followed closely by the State Fair, marked the high point of summer activities and began to turn our minds to the things of fall. Fittingly so, the Assumption is a gentle movement forward.
The Gospel passage chosen by the Church for this feast is Luke’s story of the Visitation. Though not Mary’s final passage to heaven as commemorated in this feast, there is movement in this story which has the same energy and excitement as her final journey into glory. In Luke’s lively choreography, Mary appears to dance across the fields to share the news with her cousin Elizabeth. At their meeting, the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaps with joy in response to Mary’s surprise. Elizabeth sings, "Blessed are you…" And Mary "proclaims the greatness of the Lord".
Mary is always our best and most authentic response to God. She is also the best paradigm of God’s eternal caring for us. It is all a journey for Mary and for us. Sometimes it’s as slow and easy as summer giving way to fall. Sometimes it’s as exciting as the gift of new life. And finally, of course, it is as unimaginable as being taken up in glory into the arms of our Loving God.
"The Almighty has done great things for me and Holy is His Name!"
Fr. Jim Strommer, C.P. is on the Provincial leadership team and lives in Chicago, Illinois.