Capsule for the Day
Why the Assumption of Mary?
In 1950, Pope Pius XII formally defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The definition holds that, “when the course of her earthly life was finished,” the Blessed Virgin Mary “was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.” The point here is she "was taken up". It wasn't something she did. It was something God did for her.
Why would God assume her body and soul? One reason is to offer us the hope of resurrection. Another reason is God's promise "I will raise up the humble". Mary was the personification of humility. She was bold, but at the same time always pointing to the Father. Her whole being rejoiced in God her Saviour. She decreased and so God increased in her.
So, while the pride of Eve brought death and corruption, the humility of Mary birthed incorruption. Paul in Ephesians 2:10 puts it well, "We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it". Thus, in the Assumption God fulfilled this text: to live as He meant life to be lived without corruption.
Fr. Francis Afu