Homily Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15, 2017

“The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”
Talk about someone recognizing the goodness of God, and then proceeds to give proper adoration to his name and being. This is one of the countless marvelous parts of the life of Mary of Nazareth. The Almighty did so many great things for her, that it would be difficult to put them all into any segment of time, and begin to understand and embrace them into our faith lives.
Just today’s celebration alone, our Blessed Lady being assumed body and soul into heaven at the time of her death, is an event that goes far beyond greatness where not enough books could ever be written to describe this incredible act of God’s generosity.
And then there’s her Immaculate Conception, a great thing given to Mary to prepare her for the next great thing in her young life; giving birth to the Savior of the world. The Incarnation. And how many great things can we suspect happened to Mary as Jesus was growing up in Nazareth all those years before he left for the desert around the age of 30? How many great things did a Son do for his Mother that never made it into the Good Book?
Great thing after great thing after great thing. The word “great” can never be overused when it involves God and Mary. Not only is God great, but God made his Mother great too. Mary is a great Mother, because she’s not only the Mother of Jesus, the Anointed One, but she’s your Mother also, as well as mine.
We all have our earthly mothers whom God has used so gracefully, along with our earthly fathers, to give us the gift of life. But in Mary we all have in common a Heavenly Queen, whom God has done great things for. It’s right there in Luke’s Gospel. And I pray that you do the same as I; accepting her 100,000 percent as your spiritual Mother. She loves you like she loved her Son. If we were crucified, she would hold our dead bodies in her arms also. She prays for us as she prayed for her Son as he underwent his Passion. And, like any good mother, she keeps us on our spiritual toes, pointing us always toward the worship and adoration of her Son, as she did the same.
In the Assumption of Blessed Mary, the Lord has accomplished the greatest of all his great things extended to this one Jewish Lady from an obscure northern village in ancient Israel. The Assumption of Mary is an event that is not distant from us, where we say what happened at the time of Mary’s death is so far above and beyond us. We are most certainly not disconnected from that holy moment and holy act of God given to Mary.
That’s like saying we have nothing to do with the Red Sox because we can’t play baseball the way they can. Yea, we can go out in the backyard and play catch. We can play wiffle ball on the street or in some rundown park. But their ability to play the game is so far above and beyond ours, that we can think we have nothing to do with them. When in fact, the role of a fan and supporter is a central role in the success of the team. Do you know how difficult it would be for the Red Sox to play game after game in a very long season with no fans in the stands.? Their egos wouldn’t be able to deal with it. They would pay for our tickets if it came to that.
And so it is with Mary being assumed into heaven, the one who has no ego, but perfect humility. This great thing God did for his Mother touches our lives, and in many more ways than being a fan in the stands. Because what God did for Mary at the end of her life, he will do for us at the end of time. We just have to wait a little longer, and be more patient.
We honor this most blessed Lady of Heaven with all the Christian joy we can call forth from our hearts. The Lord has done great things for her. Things that impact our eternal well-being.
May the one assumed body and soul into heaven continue to pray for us on our journey home. And may she pray also for our world to turn to her Son, who is generous in doing great things for those for whom he died.