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The Assumption is no Assumption?

The Assumption - August 15


The Assumption of Mary Perhaps the greatest Fiat Our Lady had to make, was saying Yes to staying on earth after her Son Jesus had left her physically to prepare her place in Heaven.  We must remember that she was with Him throughout His life, from the day He was born, through His early years, then His public ministry, to the day He was crucified.  She had to have grieved terribly when He was taken from her.

We believe that when Our Lord Jesus rose from the dead, the first person He came to was His dear Mother Mary, even before appearing to the women at the tomb.  If that is so, He may have given her the reason, at that time, why she had to stay on this earth.  The only thing that makes sense would be for her to remain as a support system for the Apostles and disciples during these early days of the Church.  Every time they looked at her, they would see Jesus.  She was the living representative of Our Lord here on earth.  They could draw strength from her. 

But what a price He was asking her to pay.  He had to know that her only desire was to be with Him.  To stay on the earth while He left her was breaking a lifelong bond.  Did Our Lord go to Mary and ask His most precious Mother to sacrifice precious time with Him, time when she could be with Him in Paradise, in order to nourish and protect the early Church?  Was He entreating her to deprive herself of the Beatific Vision, for however long it would take for the Apostles to feel secure without her?  If so, one thing we know; she said Yes again; because that always was, and still is, what Mary does; she says yes.  But it had to be a very hard yes.


Our Lady went to Ephesus with John the Beloved for a time, and then she returned to Jerusalem.  She could not have stayed away from the city where God had been so clearly present, by the physical presence of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  We're told she walked on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem every day, tracing and retracing the blood-stained footsteps of Jesus, as He walked to His death.  We believe, with the price of her tears and pain, she remembered her Son's anguish on this Way of the Cross, and through Our Lady's actions, the Stations of the Cross, as we know them today, were instituted.  Therefore, when you pray the Stations of the Cross, whether in your church or on Pilgrimage at a Shrine, or actually on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, where it actually happened, you walk the Way of the Cross accompanied by the Mother who could not forget the Son Who walked the Way of the Cross.  Do this in memory of Him!

"Come then, my love, my lovely one, come.

"For see, winter is past, the rains are over, and gone."

"Show me your face, let me hear your voice;

for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful."

It was time.  Our Lady had remained on this earth too long.  She wanted to see her Son again.  She was tired.  Little did she know that her Heavenly Family missed her as much, or perhaps even more than she missed them.  The Angels and the Saints couldn't wait for their Queen, their Empress, to be brought into their midst.  We're sure, Our Lord Jesus, although He was always involved with matters of great consequence, missed His Mom also. 


And so, let us attempt to see with our heart's eye what was going on in Heaven, and on earth.  Our Lady was about to join Her Son in Heaven.  We are sure her long time friend and princely consort, the Archangel Gabriel, was the one sent to earth to announce the Good News to Mary.  She must have begun making preparations for her departure as soon as she heard.  John was most likely the one she told.  After all, he was the one who had been with her since Jesus died.  We can see him breaking down in tears, at the thought of losing this most precious gem, but we know he understood and obeyed.  As for her other children, the Apostles, our first Bishops, she told them without telling them.  She tried to distance herself little by little.  Could they sense she was preparing for a long trip? 


It's three days before her dormition.  We are in the Upper Room in Jerusalem.  All the Apostles are expected at any time.  We can just picture Peter and Paul being transported from Rome by Angels, as well as some of the others.  Had the Angels informed them why they were being summoned to Jerusalem?  They had known for some time that Mary's departure was imminent.  Had they steeled themselves for it?  No matter how hard we try, we cannot protect ourselves from the grief of separation.  We can see these brave followers of Jesus breaking down like children, desperately trying to hold back tears in her presence, but not doing a very good job of it.


Our Lady was probably the most composed of the entire assemblage.  She loved these children, as if they were her very own.  They were her Son's community, the ones who were continuing His work on earth.  They loved Him; they were loyal to Him.  And she loved them, but she wanted to go Home.  Her Son Jesus was waiting for her.  On the day of her departure, she asked each of the Apostles to bless her, which they did.  At this, they could not hold back any longer.  They broke down completely, crying hard tears; they bent down and kissed the hem of her gown.  They tried as best they could to capture a lasting memory of her breathtaking face in their minds, to burn the expression of her in their hearts for the rest of their lives. 


Our Lady was not subject to the sins of Adam, having been immaculately conceived, born without sin.  We believe she never aged beyond thirty-three years old (considered the perfect age), the age that Jesus died.  While the Apostles and disciples watched their bodies break down and decay, she always remained that breathtakingly beautiful child/woman they had known from the day they had first met her.  She never changed.  But we are sure, she was tired.  Could they not see that?  We can see her blessing all the Apostles individually, as a great light filled the room.  Jesus and His Angels had come to take His Mother home.  Although they didn't see Him, we are sure they could feel His Presence.  Was there a conversation between Jesus and Mary?  She had waited The Rosary  the Life of Jesus and Maryfor this moment.  Our Lord beside her, she lay down, folded her hands, and went to sleep. 

The Apostles stayed by her side for a long time, and then left the room.  They decided that they would have the body of their Lady anointed with precious oils, the same as Our Lord Jesus' Body had been.  They sent two of her maids into the room to do this.  But the maids couldn't get near her body; the light was so brilliant, it blinded them.  They left our Lady, and told Peter and John what had happened.  They immediately ran into the room.  The two Apostles knelt at the feet of their Queen.  A voice from Heaven said she was not to be touched; Our Lord Jesus didn't want anyone undressing His Mother, not even her maids.

The Apostles could hear choirs of Angels singing.  A unique fragrance of Heaven permeated the room.  Her body and face glowed with a heavenly radiance.  It was happening.  They knew it.  She was being transported directly to Heaven by her Son Jesus and the Angels.  


Based on "The Rosary, the Life of Jesus and Mary," Bob and Penny Lord


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