Homily for the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven - Lk. 1:39-56
 
 
by
 
Canon Dr. Daniel Meynen
 
 
 
" In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, «Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.» And Mary said, «My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.» And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home. "
 
 
 
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" In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. "
 
Today, August 15, 2004, we celebrate Mary! We celebrate the Mystery of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven! For it is indeed a Mystery that we celebrate: it is a Mystery of our Faith! We, the faithful of Christ in the Roman Catholic Church, believe as a dogma of our faith that Mary, the Mother of Christ, at the end of her life on earth, was taken up into Heaven by God, both body and soul!
 
At the moment chosen by God, a moment she knew in the Holy Spirit, Mary set forth on the road to the celestial Homeland, just as she had taken the road to Ain Karim to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Mary set forth spiritually, seeing again in her spirit that visit she had made one day to her cousin Elizabeth, for Mary could not banish from her spirit that memorable meeting! Does not Elizabeth's name mean "House of God"? And did not Mary have within her the very Son of God, the Grace of graces? So how could Mary forget, at the final instant of her life on earth, that journey she had made right after the Annunciation, a journey that made her the vehicle and the living channel of the grace of God? Is Mary not about to visit God himself, in his heavenly Home, in order to give him thanks ("render grace" to him)?
 
" And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, «Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.» "
 
As she enters Heaven, as she presents herself before the throne of God, Mary says nothing: all that she is speaks for itself! Her body and her soul, both of them of an unequaled purity, a perfect image of God, allow God to pronounce his unique Word: his Son, the Son of Mary! Mary hears this Word in a manner that is incomparably more perfect than that in which she heard, on earth, the words addressed to her one day by her cousin Elizabeth: "Blessed are you among women!" Truly, Mary hears this Word of God, she receives it in her with a Mother's love: the Son of the Father is reunited with his Mother for all eternity!
 
" And Mary said, «My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.» And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home. "
 
What could Mary say to her beloved Son? Will she repeat her "Magnificat"? Instead, since she henceforth finds herself before the face of the Father, will Mary not speak one of the sayings attributed to the Father, such as: "You are my son, today I have begotten you" (Ps. 2:7)? Yes, this is more than probable. Moreover, as Mary is the model of all of Christ's faithful, would she not say to her Son something that each and every mother could say to her child on the Day of eternity: "You are my son, you are my daughter: today I have begotten you"? For, all of us, men, women, children, will have a son or a daughter in heaven, whether according to the flesh or according to the spirit. No one goes to Heaven alone: like Mary, every true Christian, every apostle of the gospel, is preceeded or followed by those whom he has begotten in Christ! Eternally, in Heaven, a single word resonates in the mouth of the Father, of Mary, and of all the elect: "You are my son, today I have begotten you!"
 

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