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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary--15 August AD 2020

Ave Maria!


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin,
Bartolome Esteban Murillo   (1618 - 1682)
circa 1640

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[English Text]
[Blessing of First Fruits]


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    In celebrating the feast of the Assumption, the Church has us consider that God created Adam and Eve in the immaculate sinlessness    and had they persevered in that state, they would have been preserved free from all suffering and even from death.

    But our first parents had free will—just as we do—because without free will they would have been unable to honor God in any way—without free will they would not have been capable of being saints or sinners—they would have been more like robots.  Unfortunately, they used that free will to disobey God, and suffering and death entered the world.

    But no sooner had they committed their fatal sin, than God announced His plan to forgive them and their fallen descendants.  He would send His Son, born of a woman, and they would figuratively crush the head of the serpent; for the serpent represented sin and the temptation to sin.[1]

    He sent the woman into the world—the second Eve, creating her in immaculate sinlessness from the very moment of her conception.  And He sent His own Son into the world—the second Adam—taking human nature from that second Eve, but likewise free from every stain of sin.

    And just like the first Adam and Eve, Jesus and Mary had perfectly free wills, for again, free will is necessary if we are to honor God.  But unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus and Mary used that free will in lives of perfect obedience to God the Father.  The words of Mary at the Annunciation—“Be it done to me according to thy word”[2]—are representative of her entire lifetime of obedience to God's will—not just at one moment, but for all of her years on earth.  She obeyed God in becoming the mother of His Son, and again in giving Him up to His death on the Cross, and at every other moment of her life.

    By virtue of this perfect obedience; this perfect conformity to the will of God, we can say that she shared in His victory over sin and death.  In obedience, He allowed Himself to be crucified, but then He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, body and soul.  In similar obedience, she too gave herself over to the will of God, and at the end of her earthly life she was assumed body and soul into heaven to be with her beloved Son—a fitting triumph over suffering and death for the second Eve.

    In a certain sense, this feast of Mary's Assumption is our feast also, for the triumph of Jesus Christ and his Blessed Mother over sin and death constitutes our redemption, and teaches us what we must do for our salvation.

    Mary had free will just as we do—she could have sinned but never did.  So this feast of her glorious Assumption into heaven is tangible proof that we too can be victorious over sin and death—that through the grace of God and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary we can conform our wills to the will of God and spend eternity in their most blessed company.






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