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A Son Takes Care of His Mother

The Assumption of Mary

By Chris Sparks (Aug 14, 2013)
Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all guilt of original sin, on the completion of her earthly sojourn, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and the conqueror of sin and death. — Lumen Gentium, 59

Blessings to all who chose the Feast of the Assumption of Mary as the day they entrust their lives to her. Congratulations on your consecration to Jesus through Mary!

One of my favorite scenes in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ comes when Jesus is working on a table in the yard and Mary is calling Him in for supper. Jesus is joyful, joking with His mother, teasing her, making her laugh, and splashing her with water. Mary is anxiously looking after her Son, her boy, worrying that He's hungry, making sure the food is served hot, but receptive to His humor and interested in His work, joyful as well even through the care. They visibly love each other deeply, and are caring for the other, something reinforced dramatically in the scenes of the Passion of Jesus.

When Christ is thrown in prison for the night, Mary walks into the outer rooms of the Temple, slowly pacing a room until she stops, kneels, lays her head against the paving stones ... and below Jesus looks up as though through the stones, directly at His Mother. They love each other. They look after each other. She is there for each moment of the crucifixion. He looks to her for consolation and support throughout the greatest agony and trial of His human life. They are one in spirit in a special way — she, the spouse of the Holy Spirit; He, the eternal Son, one in being with the Holy Spirit.

And so when Mary is at the end of her life, it only makes sense that her Son, the best of sons, would take His mother, body and soul, into heaven to be with Him for all eternity. It only makes sense that Mary, the Woman described in Revelation 12, would have her "apocalypse now." She never had to wait for God to be "all in all" in her life. She was immaculate and full of grace from the moment of her conception. Her supernatural life began at the same time as her natural life. She lived in God's life and love from the first. She is the Woman of the Book of Revelation, the Woman of the Apocalypse, and so the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come began in her own time — it began in her Son, bone of her bone and flesh of her flesh, and so it makes sense that she, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, would share in the fate of His body: resurrection, and glory for all ages to come.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth... She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and His throne... When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year... Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus — Revelation 12:1-2, 5-6, 13-14, 17

As Mary cared for Jesus, so too shall she care for all of her other "sons in the Son," all her many daughters brought into the family of God the Father by God the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary will love us, tend to us, be with us in times of trial and darkness as she was for Jesus. Mary will be a true mother to "the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus."

If you consecrated to Jesus through Mary, we'd love to hear your story. Please take a moment and share your journey below. If you have pictures, we'd love to see them, too. Just email them to HAPP@Marian.org! To go deeper into the Church's teaching about the Assumption of Mary, see Dr. Robert Stackpole's great article.

Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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