the best destiny
“A special place had been prepared for her by God.”—Revelation 12:6
Why is the assumption of Mary’s body in heaven so important as to warrant a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church? One reason is because of what it says about her perfection and what it means for our perfection. "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 966).
By her Immaculate Conception, Mary was freed from the burden and penalty of original sin. Mary already has in her body the glory of the Resurrection. She is thus a prophetess of what our redeemed destiny will be — the joy of having glorified flesh and seeing God face-to-face in heaven (1 Cor 15:42-49; 1 Jn 3:2). Mary goes before us to intercede that we might share her destiny.
Mary brought the Child Jesus into the world. Assumed into heaven, she intercedes with her Son that we too will receive glorified bodies and see God on His holy throne in heaven. Thank You, Lord, for listening to Mary and hearing her prayers (see Jn 2:3ff). Like Mary, trust God completely with your body.
Prayer: Father, thank You for assuming Mary into heaven. Do with me whatever You must in order to do through me whatever You will.
Promise: “Christ must reign until God has put all enemies under His feet.” —1 Cor 15:25
Praise: Through her purity and obedience, Mary was the perfect disciple. She is both virgin and mother, a model for all believers. In her Assumption, God took Mary body and soul into heavenly glory.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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