Feast of the Assumption, 2023
August has several special days, for example, the Feast of the Transfiguration and the Feast of the Assumption.
At the Transfiguration, Peter, James and John saw the glorified Jesus. Perhaps it was a sort of “pep” talk prior to Jesus’ Passion. Has Jesus ever given you a special moment, an uplifting of your spirit when you were feeling overwhelmed?
The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
“And when I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3
“And the dead in Christ will rise first and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
Mother Katharine urges us that: “During this Octave of the Assumption often think of the joys of heaven and that these are to be yours. Make it yours by corresponding with every grace.”
Clearly Jesus did not want His Mother to be left alone on earth; He brought her home to Him in heaven. This privilege can be ours, if we are faithful to our prayers and to the graces God sends us. Jesus honored Mary as His Mother on earth. On their return from Jerusalem, we learned that Jesus went home with Mary and Joseph and was subject to them. At the wedding feast at Cana, Mary told Jesus that they had no wine. He basically said, “So what? It’s not my turn, yet.” We don’t know what happened between Mary and Jesus next. Did she give Him the “Mother” look? We do know she spoke to the waiters and then Jesus turned the water into wine. Do we think Jesus will ignore any request from His Mother now that she is with Him in heaven?
In saying the “Hail Mary” we end the prayer by saying: “pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” Mary is our mother; she will not leave our side if we call out to her.
Stephanie Morris, Ph.D., A.S.B.S.