Feast of the Assumption
Mary played a special part in my religious upbringing.Throughout my childhood and teens, she was very much a part of our family prayer and cultural identity.
Much like the Lebanese Maronites, the Italians also give special consideration and devotion to Mary.
In many villages at this time of the year, there will be parades led by trumpets and percussion and a statue of Our Lady. In my mother’s hometown, Arena, prayers, and photos are pinned to the statue of the Madonna as she is marched down to the main Piazza.
As I grew up, I was often asked by friends who were non-Catholic why we worship Mary. I was dumbfounded and really had no reply other than, ‘ we don’t worship, we venerate’. Still..it got me thinking. Do we?
I can understand how non-Catholics perceive us Catholics as treating the Blessed Virgin as an almost divine being in her own right as if she had some glory or majesty of her own that places her on the same level as Christ. In the words of Thomas Merton, “ They regard the Assumption of Mary into heaven as a kind of apotheosis (elevation to divine status) ….that would seem to be equal to that of her Son.
The truth, however, is quite the opposite. According to the teachings of the Church, Mary’s glory is her ‘nothingness’. Her greatness and her majesty are in her humility. Being the “Handmaid of the Lord”, she acted in loving submission to his will. In her pure obedience, the humble Handmaid who is full of grace allows herself to be absolutely nothing but His instrument. The greatness of Mary is purely and simply the greatness of God in her. Mary is blessed not because of some mythical divine appointment, but in all her human limitations, she is one who has believed and has responded to the will of God with a simple ‘Yes’.
As followers of Jesus, we are all critically involved in the story of Mary. In a way, some 2000 years on, we are the story of Mary.
How will we respond to the call of God?
During this Feast of the Assumption, may we draw closer to Jesus and to his glory by allowing ourselves to be humble instruments in our daily work, in our conversations, in our victories and in our struggles, all for the greatness of his Kingdom which we have a part in bringing to our world?
Mr. John Coppola
Religious Education Coordinator
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