You just celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, but maybe you find yourself confused. What do we truly remember on this day? When you pray the 4th Glorious Mystery, are you curious about what you should be focusing on? How does the Assumption of Mary apply to your life and what can you take from it?
In this podcast episode of The Inner Life, Father Matthew Witter discusses the topic of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its significance for you.
Father Matthew highlights several points:
- Assumption vs. Ascension: The Assumption is distinct from the Ascension of Jesus. In the Ascension, Jesus ascended into heaven by His own power, while in the Assumption, Mary is believed to have been taken up by God.
- Historical and Theological Context: While the dogma of the Assumption was formally declared by Pope Pius XII in 1950, it is rooted in early Church traditions and references to Church Fathers. It is a belief that Mary’s body, which bore and formed the flesh of Jesus, was preserved from decay.
- Sinlessness and Connection to Assumption: Mary’s sinlessness is linked to the Assumption. Her purity and grace are seen as reasons for her body being assumed into heaven. Her body is likened to the Ark of the Covenant, symbolizing her unique role in bearing Jesus and the presence of God.
- Mary’s Role as the New Ark of the Covenant: In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant held sacred items, and God’s glory was present upon it. Similarly, Mary, as the new Ark, carried Jesus within her, bringing the presence of God wherever she went.
- Spiritual Implications: The Assumption serves as a reminder that earthly life is not the final destination. It encourages believers to focus on their eternal destiny in heaven and to cultivate a desire for God. So when you feel weighed down and tired from life’s burdens, remember that heaven awaits you. Ask Mary to intercede for the grace of a happy death.
Check out the entire episode here – The Assumption of Mary – August 15, 2023 – Relevant Radio