Scripture Reflections for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Year A, Lectionary 622

Elizabeth with John the Baptist in her womb were able to recognize the Word of God that Mary carried inside of her. As the true Ark of the Covenant, are we able to leap and cry out with joy at the sight of Mary in God's temple in heaven? Not only for the victory of Jesus and the Assumption of Mary but also for the hope that we too can participate in the salvation from God.

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Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10

“if Mary's body is the dwelling place of God on earth, if Mary's body is the true Ark of the Covenant then it's fitting that at the end of her life she would not, that body, that sacred ark, would not remain on earth in a human grave or a human tomb but that it would be taken up to its rightful place in the heavenly Holy of Holies in the heavenly Temple of God”

Catholic Productions | "A Woman Clothed with the Sun" | Brant Pitre | September 29, 2021
Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16
1 Corinthians 15:20-27

“He comes into this world through Mary, right, so she is, if he's the new Adam, she is the new Eve. But notice things are reversed, right. In the first order of creation Adam comes first and then Eve comes into the world through Adam because she's created from his side in Genesis chapter 2.”

Catholic Productions | "The Assumption of Mary" | Brant Pitre | September 23, 2021
Luke 1:39-56

“we hear that Mary went to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, as soon as she found out that, that God wanted her to bear Jesus for the was because Elizabeth had proven God to Mary.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Fathers Rowntree and Gros Assumption Celebration" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | August 15, 2021

“what scares us initially would have us running to fear. But Mary didn't run to fear. Mary ran to faith.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | August 15, 2021

“Everything in Mary and everything about Mary, her words, her womb, her spirit surrendered so completely to God's will that they could not be separated when her time on Earth came to an end. So if heaven could welcome a female body why can't the hierarchy?”

Catholic Women Preach | Pat McDonough | July 27, 2020
Overall Readings

“For me Assumption is important as it affirms the divinity of a female body”

Catholic Women Preach | Kochurani Abraham | July 26, 2018

“Mary knew that poverty and persecution are not God's dream for humanity. From her profound faith and practice in the Jewish tradition she knew that God looks at her with favor and that God will take action just as God did for Miriam, Judith and Debra”

Catholic Women Preach | Molleen Dupree-Dominguez | August 15, 2021

“if life is to sound good and to be effective we have to listen to each other because if we don't there's no ability to have harmony, true harmony”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | August 15, 2021

“we might be tempted to think of a feast like this as quiet and peaceful, a time for calm rejoicing...our readings for the Feast suggest something different. Being with the great ones isn't peaceful, it means struggle.”

Catholic Women Preach | Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ | August 2, 2019

“the feast of the Assumption could be called a Christological Feast. In other words, it is essentially a celebration of Christ's victory over sin and death. Through his death and resurrection, Mary's assumption is one of the fruits of that victory. It is God's assurance that we together with Mary will enjoy the fruits of this victory”

Fr. Geoffrey Plant | August 9, 2021

“when we read the Bible from the heart of the Church we're going to see that the fulfillment of the Old by Christ in the New wasn't just exclusively reserved for him, it was extended to all of us, especially in and through the Blessed Virgin Mary”

St. Paul Center | Scott Hahn | August 14, 2012

“Assumption is different from Ascension. The word 'ascension' is traceable to the Latin verb 'ascendare' which means to rise, to climb or to go up on one's own. Ascension is for Jesus, Assumption for Mary. Ascension for Jesus, he went up on his own. Assumption for Mary, she was taken up.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | August 10, 2021

“It's all a matter, you see, of learning to let go. Of letting go what it is that chains us to Earth. And that's exactly when the Feast of the Assumption takes on the meaning that our childhood spiritual imaginations could never summon, could never have seen.”

Catholic Women Preach | Joan Chittister | August 15, 2017

“do we see Jesus, do we look for him in our Lady?”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen | August 15, 2021

“As followers of Jesus and the modern day children of the blessed Mother, our present task is to shape our lives into that Christian pattern that was set by Mary...each day we are called to say 'yes' to God”

Fr. Tony Ricard | August 15, 2021