The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?”
The remarkable meeting of Mary and Elizabeth teaches us about the Person of Christ and the prophetic role of John the Baptist, who leapt in Elizabeth’s womb.
Elizabeth referred to Mary as the “mother of my Lord” and affirmed that the Christ child was a fulfilment of all that God had promised through the prophets. By virtue of the Christ child within her, the reunion of Mary with her cousin Elizabeth represents the ultimate visit of God to his people. Mary is the Mother of God and our Mother as well. Because of her intimate cooperation with her Son, her assumption is possible because she shares in triumph of her Son over sin and death; Mary lived a life of fidelity and obedience to God in union with her Son who was also her Lord. It was her union with him in life, which meant she would find herself in union with him also in the mystery of his death, his resurrection, and his ascension into heaven. This is what it means to be “in Christ.”
On the feast of Assumption, let’s look towards Mary and to seek her intercession for us, “Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us” so that we may have the grace to have total trust and obedience to the will of God.