On August 15 in ordinary time, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, taken body and soul into heaven.
It is not recorded in Scripture. In Scripture we learn of the death of prophets and patriarchs. In the Holy Land we visit many of these burial places. Even Jesus died and was laid in a tomb. But nowhere will you find the burial place of Mary. The Holy Land only speaks of the place of "dormition" — where she went to sleep.
However, the belief in her Assumption into heaven goes back to the early church. Nowhere do we find any attempt to look for Mary’s physical body or any desire to obtain relics.
What meaning has this for you as a Catholic Christian?
Mary, I know you were taken into heaven body and soul
‘Cause that’s what I’d do for my mother if I were God!
I also know that you are Queen of the angels and saints in heaven
Because there is no other created being who is mother of God.
When Jesus was dying, he gave you to us as mother,
So I know that from heaven you love and watch over us.
Gosh Mary, your life is a hard act to follow!
But could you help me please to imitate your way?
To be simple, compassionate, humble, open to God’s will?
I want you to be proud that I am your daughter.
I’ll try, Mary, to do my best.
When I fail, help me and I’ll try again.
I love you and want to be with you.
Meet me when I say goodbye here.
Walk with me as I begin my final journey.
I just know that you’ll give me a loving embrace
And a radiant smile, ‘cause you’re my mother in heaven.
By Sr. Andrea Dumont