Posted by: fvbcdm | August 14, 2015

Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe (14 August 2015)

Tomorrow we have the great joy of celebrating the solemnity of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother into heaven. To atone for the sins of mankind, Christ our Lord chose to die although he was certainly not deserving of death. His sacred body and soul were separated for the forty hours of his death, then reunited at the moment of his resurrection from the tomb. Forty days later, he arose, body and soul, into heaven where he “goes to prepare a place for us,” as he tells us so reassuringly.

Our Lady, never having had the slightest taint of sin about her, did not deserve to die, either. And perhaps she didn’’t; we do not know for sure. What we do know, though, is that “at the end of her earthly life,” as the infallible declaration of Pope Pius XII puts it, she was taken body and soul into heaven. So, in the cases of both Jesus and Mary, we have a preview of what, please God, will happen to us at the end of time when our souls and bodies will be reunited and we will go into eternal life.

Let us try to imagine for a few moments what it was like when the immaculate body of Our Blessed Mother entered heaven. She is the first daughter of God the Father; the mother of God the Son, the spouse of God the Holy Spirit by whose overshadowing she conceived and gave birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ. She stands, as one poet put it, “at the very threshold of divinity.” Although she is a human being and therefore inferior to the angels in nature, nonetheless she is the mother of God and therefore their superior in grace and favor with God, and the angelic choirs gladly welcome their lovely Queen into their realm of endless joy. And by the same token, she is far greater than all the patriarchs, prophets, and holy ones of the Old and New Testaments; in our liturgy we call her “the highest honor of our race.”

On that first Easter morning, when her glorious, beautiful risen son appeared to her to assure her that her and his days of suffering were over, she knew transports of happiness in seeing him in such triumph. But at her Assumption, she is admitted into the “beatific vision,” that knowledge and understanding of God that will be for everyone admitted to it a cause of joy that we cannot even imagine. “The eye has not seen . . . the ear has not heard. . .” Saint Paul tells us, in trying to describe heaven for us.

Our mother has gone before us. And as we await the moment when God will call us out of this world into the next, we ask her, conscious of the joy of her passage from time into eternity, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now . . . and at the hour of our death.” Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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