August 15, 2020

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

From this day all generations will call me blessed: The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.

Mary’s assumption shows us our own destiny as God’s adoptive children and members of the body of Christ. Like Mary, our mother, we are called to share fully in the Lord’s victory over sin and death, and to reign with him in his eternal kingdom.

The “great sign” presented in today’s first reading—a woman clothed in the sun and crowned by stars (cf. Revelation 12:1)—invites us to contemplate Mary enthroned in glory beside her divine Son. It also invites us to acknowledge the future, which even now the risen Lord is opening before us.

From Mary, full of grace, we learn that Christian freedom is more than liberation from sin. It is freedom for a new, spiritual way of seeing earthly realities. It is the freedom to love God and our brothers and sisters with a pure heart and to live a life of joyful hope for the coming of Christ’s kingdom.

Enthroned in glory, Mary shows us that our hope is real; even now, it reaches us as “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19) to where Jesus and Mary are seated in glory. This hope, the hope held out by the gospel, is the antidote to the spirit of despair that seems to grow like cancer in societies which are outwardly affluent, yet often experience inner sadness and emptiness. How many are tempted to despair these days, especially with the enormous dislocation caused by the Covid-19 virus? May we, knowing the patronage of Mary and the love of Christ experienced in the Eucharist, never be robbed of our hope!

Let Us Pray:

O Lord, grant that your “salvation and power come [to us], and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his anointed One” may take root in our lives.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.