The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven - 2017
The Incarnation is part of the “Economy of Salvation”: On this beautiful and blessed Tuesday, August 15, 2017, it is necessary that we honor the Mother of God, who in her humbleness; despite her human nature was still found worthy by the Almighty God to be the Mother of God. In the economy of salvation, that is, the act by which God sends his only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to take flesh in the womb of Mary – the Incarnation. Mary, a virgin, was given a singular honor that nobody had ever been given nor will anybody ever will have the grace to actively participate in that economy of salvation. Brethren, what a blessing and privilege for us humans, that one of us is chosen by God. This honor is given to Mary by no other person than God the Father, lovingly delivered by the Archangel Gabriel. When one reflects on this mystery, it gives some deep goosebumps, because it is unheard of that divine will bring himself so low to dwell in human form – Here humanity becomes divinized, so that man can become God and God became man. By Mary’s Fiat, she accepted the will of God, just as she responded, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word” Today, as the Holy Mother Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, it is appropriate that we bear in mind the afore-mentioned realities. Because it is from those backgrounds that we, the adopted sons and daughters, can appreciate what Mary’s Assumption truly represents. Since Mary accepted God’s will to be the Mother of God, she was prepared from the time she was given birth by her parents, Joachim and Anna, - conceived without the original sin. What does this mean? It means that Mary is born pure from the weaknesses of Adam and Eve, she is free from the burden of concupiscence – a drive to fall due to the original sin humanity receives from Adam. Ultimately, Mary is free from the original sin because in her womb will be the tabernacle where God’s son will live for nine months. By Eve’s disobedience, a woman had said ‘No’ to God; but by Mary’s obedience, she says ‘yes’ - Fiat to God, thereby restores humanity back to God’s Grace, that is, back to relationships with God.
My brothers and sisters, it is proper to argue that if God did find Mary worthy to be the Mother of his only begotten son, and God is incorruptible, it would have been a big contradiction in terms that incorruptible could dwell in corruption. Hence, after his ascension into heaven, Our Lord Jesus, as God did not wish that his Mother, who carried him in her womb and nursed him as well, would allow his Mother be left to corruption, so he assisted his Mother’s assumption into heaven. This is why today, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, is considered to be both beautiful and blessed. The angels and saints sign praises to God, while men and women on earth rejoice at the wonderment of God’s love for humanity. Mary, Mother of God… pray for us, sinners, Amen In Christ, Father Uche Obikwelu