Just a friendly bloggyhood reminder that today is a Holy Day. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
A lot of people do not understand why we Catholics venerate Mary with such great love. We have a deep love for the Mother of our Lord because we believe that Mary is the greatest model of faith that we have. Because Mary was completely faithful to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, she is the Church’s model of faith and charity. She gave herself to God loyally at the annunciation, and she maintained that unwavering faith all the way to the cross. We believe that as she was taken up into heaven, she did not lay aside her mission as “mother”, but by her intercession, continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation, and continues to draw us closer to her son.
The feast today celebrates the assumption of Mary, and recognizes that in her, we have an eschatological icon of the Church. In her, we can see and contemplate what the Church now is here on earth and what she will be in the end of her journey; the Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and the beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Mary shines forth beautifully (all through the merits of Christ) as a sign of hope and comfort to all the faithful people, until the day of the Lord shall come.