This past week, the Church celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of Mary! Every August 15, we remember and celebrate the dormition of the Mother of God, or in other words, her going to sleep, and transitioning from earthly life into Heaven.
What’s most awesome about this event was that Mary didn’t necessarily die. As Pope Pius XII declared, the Virgin Mother “completed the course of her earthly life, (and) was assumed body and soul into Heavenly glory.”
The reality that she did not die as you and I will die, remaining buried on earth in hope of our bodily resurrection upon Jesus’ return. Mary rose up to Heaven most perfectly united, body & soul, as death was destined to be before the Fall. And this is a beautiful reminder of something so incredibly significant, the gift & purpose of our bodies.
Our bodies are integral to our being, our spirit & soul. Oftentimes, it’s misconceived that the soul is above or more significant than the body, but truly, it is one with the body. You cannot separate the two. But our culture certainly tries its darndest to do so, elevating the body above the soul, drawing our understanding of the truth of our divine creation toward a twisted pleasure-seeking, self-satisfying ideology. This perception is truly twisted because the devil has no power to create, only to manipulate and confuse what is good.
And what is so good about our bodies? They reflect God’s very image. It is the clearest reminder that we ought to restore dignity to ourselves and others’ bodies because our flesh & bones really do count for so much. I challenge you (and with humility, myself) to question each day how you can glorify the gift of your body God has given you, because it truly belongs to him. And further, how you can remind others of their innate dignity.
“In this magnificent way all may see clearly to what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined… it is our hope that belief in Mary’s bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and more realistic.” – Pope Pius XII
Trivia! The Feast of the Assumption of Mary was a holy day of obligation for Catholics. Catholics are obligated to attend the Holy Mass to celebrate the most important feast days of the liturgical year in honor of the Lord, the Virgin Mother & the saints.