WHY DO WE HONOUR MARY?

WHY DO WE HONOUR MARY?

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THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (SOLEMNITY) AUG 15, 2019

WE HONOUR MARY, VENERATE HER, EXPRESS OUR LOVE FOR HER AND NEVER WORSHIP HER.

Mary herself gives us the most important reason in her ” _magnificat_ :” ” All generations (ages) will call me blessed, because the Almighty has done great things for me. ”

A) We honour her, because God chose her to be the mother of
Jesus our Saviour.
B) By filling her with His Holy Spirit twice, namely at Annunciation and at Pentecost.
C) By making her ” full of grace” at her Immaculate Conception, the paragon or embodiment of all virtues.
D) By allowing her to become the most active participant with Christ, her son in our redemption, by suffering in mind what Jesus suffered in body.

2) MARY IS OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER. Jesus gave us His mother as our mother from the cross: “woman behold your son,… Behold your mother”( JN 19:26-27).

3) MARY IS SUPREME MODEL OF ALL VIRTUES and hence our role model, especially in holiness of life( “full of grace”), obedience to the will of God ( “fiat”), and true humility (” behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me as you have said”).

REASONS WHY WE BELIEVE IN THE ASSUMPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:

Pope Pius XII in the papal document _Munificentimus Deus_ (1950) gives four reasons why we believe in the Dogma of Assumption of Mary.

1) The uninterrupted tradition about Mary’s death and Assumption starting from the first century.
2) The belief expressed in all the ancient liturgies of the Church.
3) The negative evidence : the absence and veneration of a tomb of Mary, while most of the apostles have their tombs.
4) The possibility of bodily assumption warranted in the Old Testament (O.T) in the cases of Enoch( Gen 5:24), perhaps Moses (Deut 34:5) and especially Elijah (2 KGS 2:1).

THEOLOGICAL REASONS

A) The degeneration of the body after death is the consequence of “original sin,” and Mary, by Immaculate Conception, is exempted from the post-mortem decay of the body.

B) As receiver of the fullness of grace and holiness because she is mother of Jesus, Mary’s place is with her son, God’s Son Jesus, the Redeemer, in the abode of holiness, heaven.

WHAT ARE WE CALLED TO DO?

As Mary’s Assumption was a reward from a life of holiness, the feast invites us to keep our bodies pure and holy. Paul gives three additional reasons :
A) Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
B) Our body parts are the members of Christ’s body.
C) Our bodies are to be glorified on the day of the last judgment.

We are given an assurance of hope in the ressurection and a source of inspiration during moments of despair and temptations.

🙏kings of kings, you assumed Mary into heaven to be with you completely in body and soul; may we seek the things that are above and keep our lives fixed on you. Amen.

*EXERTS FROM FR. ANTHONY’S HOMILY*

GOOD MORNING. HAPPY FEAST DAY. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( REV. 11:19;12:1-6.10, 1 COR 15:20-23, LK 1:39-56)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.

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