This is also Our Feast Day
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15, 2021 •
All She wants is to be with Her Son in Heaven. He's already ascended to the Father. She loves no one more than She loves Her Son. It was an agony enough for Her to wait the couple of decades after He ascended into Heaven.
If you can imagine this Mother realizing fully Who Her Son is, watching Him suffer and die, being there at the foot of the cross, and then, forty days later He ascends into Heaven - how Her heart must have cried out for Him.
We believe she was assumed into heaven in her sixties. Imagine all those decades She had to live apart from Her Son....
The one consolation that the Blessed Mother had during Her time on earth was the Holy Eucharist. Jesus at the cross entrusted his Mother to the beloved disciple John. So for the rest of Mary's life on earth, John took care of her. Every day when he celebrated the Mass of the Last Supper, the Mass of the Lord, Mary was there, kneeling, receiving Holy Communion from his hands....
Each time She receives Him in Holy Communion, it's like She conceives Him again in Her womb. There He is, inside of Her. And what a consolation that must have been for Mary throughout Her time of waiting on earth.
If we consider this for the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can see ourselves reflected in that same reality. Every time we have the opportunity to come forward and receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord worthily, we, like Mary, are able to, in a sense, conceive our Lord at least for a time and allow our Lord to dwell within us. It's a unique union and bond that we share with Her.
If we can see this bond in regards to her reception of Holy Communion, I would encourage you to think about the fact that each of the graces bestowed upon Mary - each of the singular and unique graces that She received in her life - ultimately, Jesus wants for each one of us. It just won't be in the exact same way. For example...
Listen as Father Miller beautifully walks us through all the graces Mary received from Her Son and likens them to the Sacraments we receive from Him and our Church and helps us see how Jesus is trying to form in us the image of His Holy Mother who is the perfect disciple.
Rv 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10-12, 16; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
Homily begins at 21:01