Today we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. She is our Mother and Queen. Jesus told his apostles when he was on the cross, ‘behold your mother’. (John 19, 26) From that day they took her in their home.
On August 22, we honor the role of the Mother of God, the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary did not suffer the pain of death. On her death bed she fell asleep and was taken to heaven body and soul. She merited this reward because of her co-operation in God’s divine plan to become the Mother of Jesus. All through her life she remained faithful and kept her fidelity to Jesus. Let us also believe in God’s faithfulness and goodness. God loves us and is always willing to help us.
Mary was immaculate. She told Bernadette at Lourdes that she was the Immaculate Conception; she was born without original sin. She was full of grace. At the Annunciation when the angel appeared to her to ask her to be the mother of Jesus, with God’s grace, she responded with a charitable, voluntary ‘yes’ that she would be the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God. She gave birth to Jesus and raised him to manhood. During all her life she remained pure of heart and obedient. Let us have the courage and trust to say yes to whatever Jesus calls us to do.
Mary knew the Word of God as she lived and loved Him every day.
‘Thus, Mary speaks with us, speaks to us, and invites us to know the Word of God, to love the Word of God, to live with the Word of God, to think with the Word of God. We can do so in many different ways: by reading Sacred Scripture, by participating especially in the Liturgy, in which Holy Church throughout the year opens the entire book of Sacred Scripture to us. She opens it to our lives and makes it present in our lives.’ (Pope Francis).
Mary shows us how to love Jesus. Let us ask Jesus to increase our faith so that we can believe in him with all our heart and put all our hope and trust in him. Let us walk everyday with him. By living and reflecting the mysteries that Mary experienced during her life, and by praying the rosary and pondering on the mysteries, it will make a difference on your life.
Take Mary as your Mother and follow her by praying the Magnificat.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Almighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
(Luke 1, 46-55)NAB