FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
The Assumption: Why It’s Important
Although this year the Assumption falls on a Saturday, and is thus not a Holy Day of Obligation, this is still an important day in our faith lives.Pope Pius XII speaks to thisin the apostolic constitution in which he defined this teaching as an infallible dogma:
It is to be hoped that all the faithful will be stirred up to a stronger piety toward their heavenly Mother, and that the souls of all those who glory in the Christian name may be moved by the desire of sharing in the unity of Jesus Christ’s Mystical Body and of increasing their love for her who shows her motherly heart to all the members of this august body. And so we may hope that those who meditate upon the glorious example Mary offers us may be more and more convinced of the value of a human life entirely devoted to carrying out the heavenly Father’s will and to bringing good to others. Thus, while the illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings threaten to extinguish the light of virtue and to ruin the lives of men by exciting discord among them, in this magnificent way all may see clearly to what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined. Finally, it is our hope that belief in Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and render it more effective.
Reflect on this line from the above statement: ‘while the illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings threaten to extinguish the light of virtue and to ruin the lives of men by exciting discord among them’. I believe we are living the effects of this in our nation and world today. The illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption that follows are seen in the riots that have plagued our nation throughout the summer months. The idea that material gain and goods are the ultimate goal of human life is a lie. No amount of things in our lives will ever fill them; they simply are momentary satisfaction that soon leaves a larger void than what was there in the beginning. To gain these goods, we are tempted to follow the corruption of morals; this is seen in a disregard for human life as well as in justifying looting, riots and destruction of property in the name of justice. The results of this miss-guided principal is seen in the skyrocketing toll in many of our cities these past months, both in property damage and in loss of innocent human life.
The Assumption of Mary can be a remedy to the ailments in our society and culture today, as it shows that we are meant for more than what this world provides. It is the actualization of the completion of Christ’s redemptive work, and offers us the assurance that we, who have been baptized into Christ’s death and shared in His Body through the Eucharist, will also experience a resurrection of our bodies. Christ wasn’t the exception for the human race in this sense. Rather, He points the way forward to a greater, more glorious future in which we are all invited to share. This is reinforced by the truth that already another one from the human race has already followed Him into Heaven--Mary.