We’re interrupting this service… As an aside during the posts about Forming Intentional Disciples, I wanted to put out a few thoughts on the beautiful feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, which we celebrate today. These have been spurred on by a few messages on Twitter, the first from Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, the Bishop of Parramatta in Australia:
We celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. May we, like her, be faithful to the end. — Bishop Fisher OP (@AnthonyFisherOP) August 14, 2013
At the feast of the Annunciation we rightly celebrate Mary’s humility. We celebrate her fiat, her ‘Yes’ to God’s will for her life, and we hold up her humility as a paradigm of human virtue. Mary relies not on her own merits or ability, but entirely on the will of God, despite her own fears and anxieties. Her human obedience to divine providence is a beautiful example to us, but also the start of a life for her marked by unimaginable pain and suffering, not least as she stands at the foot of the Cross – Our Sorrowful Mother – and witnesses the sacrifice of her Son. Her obedience leads her to this suffering, and one might well ask (if the story ended there) if a loving God could truly demand such obedience in return for so little a reward.