HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:
HOMILY THEME: OUR LADY’S MAGNIFICAT
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
In today’s Gospel we have the account of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. This significant meeting is not only between two pregnant women but also the meeting of the precursor, St. John the Baptist, and the Savior, Jesus Christ. It culminated in Mary’s Magnificat, her statement of praise and faith in God who had fulfilled His promise and gifted her with the gift of the motherhood of God.
The Catholic teaching states: “On 1 November 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary as a dogma:
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.” Mary assumed into heaven as the culmination of her earthly life and the beginning of her eternal life. It was the expected result to her exemplary life of faith, hope, and love. Made full of grace by virtue of her bearing Jesus and living a life of perfect obedience and discipleship, her entry into heaven, body and soul, provides hope and inspiration to all Christians. We may not be the Virgin Mary but we have been graced by virtue of our baptism and nourished by the sacraments. Mary was human like us. She was subject, too, to a lot of temptations and challenges in trying to live a life faithful to God. She endured and was successful. Her faith prevailed over her wants. Her love of God triumphed over her weakness. Her hope was strong amidst threats and dangers. She was a woman to behold. Her Magnificat belied her perceived weakness. She knew her salvation history. Much more, she knew her God.
Let us also reflect on how God had acted in our life. Like Mary, hopefully we will see and recognize His faithfulness to His promises to us. And when we are also faithful, we will also have our own “assumption.”