Homily for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Theme: Original will of God
By: Fr. Cyril Unachukwu CCE
Homily for Thursday August 15 2019
*THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED MARY*
“For the almighty has done great things for me; Holy is His name.” As we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, whom God has shown much more favour and honour than we can ever imagine or render her, may we also have the joy of partaking in the joy she enjoys in full in heaven where her Son reigns forever and ever; Amen.
We celebrate today another great feast of our faith, that after her earthly live, the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven soul and body. With the testimony from some earliest Christian writings, this aspect of our faith has always been professed. However, it was in 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus that Pope Pius XII declared as dogma, the Assumption of Mary. In the very words of this declaration, “for which reason, after we have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that 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.” (n. 44)
We must always note that what we are celebrating today is the realization of the original will of God at creation. Incorruptibility was God’s wish and plan for each and every one of us. We inherited corruption from the disobedience of our first parents. What Eve lost, Mary realized, and in her God “has shown the power of his arm.” What Mary is now is what God wants us to be; to have a taste of His glory and live in incorruptibility.
To be what Mary is now, we must follow her footsteps, we must learn to re-live concretely those aspects of her live that made her exceptional and an irresistible vessel of God’s plenitude of grace. The ability to overcome every form of temptation which the devil always places on our path and to become immaculate like the immaculate Virgin. The disposition of accepting always the will and plan of God in our lives and the docility to always respond like Mary “behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). The capacity of being bearers of joy towards others like Mary was for Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-56) and is always for us. The Christian disposition to always pray and intercede for the good of our brothers and sisters just as she did for the couple at the wedding feast at Cana (Jn 2:1-11). The ability to always hold firm to the power of the Cross just like Mary at the foot of the Cross at Calvary.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Assumption, we pray for the grace to always follow after the example of Mary who is a model of the Christian life, a type of the Church and our mother; Amen. Happy Feast; Fr Cyril CCE