It is 15th August 2017. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady into Heaven. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII issued the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, in which he proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption: “Mary, the immaculate perpetually Virgin Mother of God, after the completion of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into the glory of heaven.” At the end of her earthly life, Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. The celebration reminds us that we have a Mother in Heaven who intercedes for us always and the entire creation is at her service when she accepted to bring God’s only Son into the world safe and sound. Mary faced the evil in its all personifications and pervasively unparalleled distinction. The first reading explains the splendor and majesty of our beloved Mother Queen of Heaven surrounded by the nature. She protected God’s only Son from the multifaceted evil dragon and all its oppressions. It is her purity and innocence that kept the Son of God away from all evil. St. Bonaventure described Mary as a “tabernacle” in which the Lord rested. Yes, indeed we have a loving and caring mother in Mary, and so let us get help to reach the One who saves us from all the sins. The journey of our Mother on earth culminates in reaching God in body and soul. The Catechism teaches firmly, “You conceived the living God and by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.” (CCC 966). In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that God fulfilled all the promises through the incarnation of His beloved Son. And so we rightly sing at the entrance antiphon, “Glorious things are spoken of you, O Mary, who today were exalted above the choirs of Angels into eternal triumph with Christ.” The Gospel praises the courage of Mary in her humble obedience and speaking openly against the oppression structures and holding God high above everything. It is the ‘fiat’ (yes; the response) of our Mother brought this ‘magnificat’ (the action). Mary stood by her word and kept God’s Word alive until She returned the Word in Flesh to the One who created it. She never wavered in her standing for the Truth and justice till the end through her unfailing intercessions to God. Our personal purity and generosity is the matter of importance for all our spiritual welfare personally and socially to allow God to achieve all that God has planned for us. We have a loving Mother Mary in Heaven to intercede for us, the sinners and so we shall sing, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray thou for us, who have recourse to Thee, pray thou for us.” May you have a good day.

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