August 15, 2022

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We often wonder about what happens when we die, especially with incredible stories in different forms of literature. Our first reading today, from the Book of Revelation, depicts the wild and dramatic birth of a son and his mother retreating to the desert with him—(not a typical childbirth story!). After this “revelation,” Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reflects on the other end of life. Through these texts, we get a glimpse into the paschal mystery of our life in Christ and how Mary was a critical witness in the response she made to God’s call to assist in the plan of salvation.

Our gospel narrative reminds us that “Mary set out” to visit her cousin and be a witness of hospitality. She also “set out” to make her whole life one of praise and gratitude to the God who gave her life and brought it to completion. Mary allowed her faith response to be her amazing witness to us. She voices her joy at being chosen by God as that lowly servant who would live and fulfill God’s promise to her and future generations.

Mary’s witness, and the entire circle of her life, remind us to be as faithful a disciple as she was. We enter this world, one filled with myths and stories, and set out to live our faith until we are all joined at the heavenly banquet. Actively living our faith makes our lives a magnification of God’s gifts. Mary showed how total trust in the Lord would lead to the joys of a heavenly reward. We are born and called to live in and for Christ so that it will bear fruit in the joys of eternal life.

Our true home is heaven and not the craziness of this world. Let us live knowing we are heaven-bound like the model disciple we celebrate today who completely trusted God’s way.

Let Us Pray:

Through the intercession of Mary our Mother, O God, may we be faithful witnesses of the faith until we return to our heavenly home. Help us on our faith journey to trust that you will always guide and care for us no matter what may come our way. We pray, too, for those we miss and mourn who have gone before us in faith. May they receive the joys of the banquet feast of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.