1Chr 15: 3-4, 15, 16; 16: 1-2
I Cor 15: 54-57
Luke 11: 27-28
Rv 11: 19; 12: 1-6, 10
1 Cor 15: 20-26
Lk 1: 39-56
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Along with Easter and the Ascension, today’s feast is a perfect opportunity to preach about the Christian truth of the victory of life over death. Christ is life, and he shares his victory over death with all the members of his Body, the Church. That is why Mary, who was and is closer to him than anyone else, is the first to share, body and soul, in this victory.
The truth of her bodily assumption likewise reminds us that human beings are not disembodied souls, but rather a unity of body and soul. This is a critically important truth to emphasize, given that the culture of death so often relies on a “dualism” that says that it’s only the spirit (good intentions, love, etc.) that matters, while “what we do with our bodies” really is of little consequence – whether it means sexual relations, or destroying the body by abortion or euthanasia. On the contrary, the truth is that the body is just as much an aspect of the person as is the soul. To attack the body is to attack the person.
Finally, the Assumption reminds us that in God’s plan for life, mother and child go together. The pro-life movement stands with both the mother and the child and asks, “Why can’t we love them both?” In bringing Mary to bodily glory with him, Jesus shows that there can be no closer human bond than that between a mother and her child.