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Today we are celebrating of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Assumption is at the same time a dogma of faith proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in the Apostolic Constitution “Munificentisimus Deus of November 1, 1950. The dogmatic declaration runs thus: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

This is a solemn dogma that can only be accepted on the platform of faith. It is reasonably a consequent culmination of various divine messages in the entire Bible concerning Mary, which includes but not restricted to the message of the angel at God’s instance: “Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with you”. If the blessed Mother of God was conceived without sin (Immaculate Conception) there is logic, reason, and faith to uphold that she was preserved from bodily corruption at the end of her earthly life. This is reasonably connected with St. Paul’s declaration in the letter to the Romans (8: 1-2):

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

In another passage (Romans 6:22-23) St. Paul went further to proclaim thus:

But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

From the above we understand that Mary’s disconnection from sin right from the moment of her conception gave her an uncommon privilege to beat the natural claw of death and annihilation of the material body.

The glorious Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven did not happen by her own power. She had no power of her own to undertake such amazing and mysterious flight into heaven. It is purely the grace of God working in her. It is based upon this that we differentiate the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven (which is by his own divine power) and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (which took place through the power of God).

There are no direct biblical references narrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, but there are strong biblical pointers as well as other events with inferential relationships:

There is need for us to learn from Mary and honour her than getting ourselves busy with unnecessary war of words about her life and suitability of her cooperation with God in the salvation of mankind. We learn from her:

As we celebrate the Assumption, let us know also that our lives need to be assumed into holiness. We need to reflect in our lives what characterized the Mother of our Lord and also our Mother.

Have a great day and happy Solemnity.



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