Dear friends in Christ,
Next Saturday, August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We know that Mary is the mother of Jesus who is Christ, the Son of God. She can rightly be called Mother of God because of the fact that she is His mother. In her conception, Mary was preserved free from all stain of original sin and throughout her life she did not sin so much was her will consonant with that of her Son. For this reason, when the course of her earthly life was finished, Mary was assumed body and soul into the glory of heaven from where she continually intercedes for
us to God.
This teaching which is a dogma of our faith and has a long history in the life of the Church as attested to by, for example, Saint John of Damascus who wrote the following regarding the teaching of the Church of Jerusalem concerning the assumption of Mary into heaven:
St. Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of Chalcedon, made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles, but that her tomb, when opened, upon the request of St. Thomas, was found empty; where from the Apostles concluded that the body was taken up to heaven (P.G., I, 96).
On this solemnity, let us pray through the intercession of Our Lady of the Assumption that we will strive to be as faithful to following Christ as she was, so that we, too, will one day be brought to the glory of the Resurrection.