Feast of the Assumption
*Peruse the readings below, then read the gospel message.
*Painting: The Assumption of Mary, by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
Revelation 11:19, 12:1-10
Feast of the Assumption Message:
Honor Your Spiritual
Luke the evangelist boldy declares to all Christians, in today's gospel reading, who the Blessed Virgin Mary is in relation to God and the mystical body of Christ.
Through recollection of three key events - the Annunciation, the Visitation of Mary and the Magnificat (Canticle of Mary) - Luke declares under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Mary is the Mother of God (Lk. 1:35), Advocate for humanity (implicit in Lk. 1:40-41), Mediatrix (distributor) of all graces (Lk. 1:41), Queen Mother in the Davidic tradition (Lk. 1:43) a beloved associate to our Savior in the ongoing process of redemption (implicit in Lk. 1:31-32) and our spiritual Mother (flowing from the fact she is the Mother and spiritual spouse of God).
An evangelist who understood that certain events in salvation history were fulfilled most deeply, spiritually by events related to/connected with/involving the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ our Savior, these three key events were recalled by Luke to remind Christians that Mary reversed (by her "yes" to God through the message of the Archangel Gabriel) the damage done to humanity by Eve (by her "no" to God through the suggestion of a fallen spirit - see Gen. 3:1-6) and brings to fulfillment spiritually, in the New Covenant, the role of Bathsheba as Queen Mother in the Davidic tradition (see 1Kings 2:19), the noble advocacy of Queen Esther (Esther 7:1-10, 8:1-6) and the work of Judith, the Jewish heroine who helped deliver God's people from destruction (see Judith 14:18).
For these reasons, Catholics esteem Mary as the highest created being (we do not worship or adore her, as anti-Catholics propose, we simply esteem her the same way our society esteems the greatest Olympic champion -- Mary is the greatest created being and must be recognized as such). Truly, our Blessed Mother is the apple of her Son's eye, the boast of our race, our greatest advocate before God!
This week, let us reflect on the virtues of Mary (her faith, obedience, piety, charity) and imitate the words and actions of the Archangel Gabriel, Elizabeth and John the Baptist: let us boldly declare to others that Mary is "full of grace," the Mother of God (Theotokus) and the one through whom all graces are bestowed: she is the "neck" of the mystical body of Christ, our spiritual Mother and eternal Queen!
"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women."
- Luke 1:28
To Jesus Christ alone be all glory!
This special message was written by
Michael Ruggiero, Director
Master of Arts degree
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