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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date: 
Tue, 08/15/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

As a Church, as the people of God, we gather today
to commemorate the life of a simple, but important woman:  the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She said little but her actions allowed salvation to come to this world.
By proclaiming her assumption into heaven
the church recognizes and celebrates
the power of God to overcome death….and draw life to himself.
 
The first half of the 20th century was a time of human carnage and destruction.
In WWI and WWII hundreds of thousands were killed.
In German concentration camps….millions of innocent people were exterminated.
In Hiroshima and Nagasaki thousands of people were literally turned to dust
by the power of the atomic bomb.
All these deaths were due, not to natural disasters or uncontrollable, mysterious diseases.
These deaths were intentional…..caused by man’s inhumanity to man.
 
By 1950, it was time for the world to hear a message of salvation.
It was time for somebody to direct human attention away from
these massive dehumanizing events
and redirect human attention toward the sacredness of life.
It was time to reaffirm the sovereign dignity of every human being.
Pope Pius XII did this very thing.
In 1950 he defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Whereas many held that the Assumption of Mary was a pious opinion,
Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption to be revealed truth.
According to this truth, Mary, preserved from sin and the corruption of death,
after her earthly life came to an end,
was assumed soul and body into heavenly glory.
The Holy Father reaffirmed the dignity of the human body
by rekindling faith in the resurrection of the body.
 
We need to be reminded, the world needs to be reminded
of the dignity of the human person, body and spirit.
There is a shadow of sadness to our gathering….for history is repeating itself.
The dignity and sacredness of human life is being assaulted with every abortion,
every murder,
thousands upon thousands of human beings…
their lives being snuffed out by other human beings.
 
 
 
 
The dignity and sacredness of human life is being assaulted through ethnic cleansing,
through terrorism,
through unreflective genetic experimentation
through pornography and the perverse corruption of human sexuality,
through the disregard for and outright hostility toward the physically handicapped,
the mentally incapacitated, the unproductive elderly,
through brutality visited upon women and children.
 
We need the example of Mary to inspire us to accept all human life as given by God
and to help direct human ambitions and endeavors as God desires.
We need to be renewed in the conviction
that choosing life, that choosing to honor and respect human dignity
that accepting the responsibility to protect the innate rights of every human being
is an expression of our faith and a way to give glory to God.
Human destiny is to be found in God.
The salvation won for us by Jesus Christ
affects not only our souls, not only our spirits, but our bodies as well…..
 
As we reflect up the accomplishment of this humble virgin
as we celebrate our belief that God has exalted her for her ever-faithful love,
let us embrace with new vigor the task of re-humanizing our world,
of redirecting human hearts to the sacredness and sanctity of life….
by hearing the word of God and observing it, just as Mary did,
by developing a conscious concern and respect for the human body,
by embracing the belief that our bodies are sanctified here and now,
and by dedicating our flesh and bone, and not just our spirits, to the service of the Lord.
 
Let us join Mary in proclaiming the greatness of the Lord
and ever rejoicing in God who is our savior.