Monday, August 15, 2011

Assumptions

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
Strangely, no one seems to know what actually happened to Mary. The last reference to her presence on this earth was at Pentecost. Its believed she lived in Ephesus after Jesus ascended into heaven. Aside from that, we don't have much to go on. Some assert that she died & her body was "assumed" into heaven. That is, it was taken possession of by God, I imagine, kind of like a package of sorts. Contrast this with ascension, which in this sense would be understood as a physical, live, rising to heaven of one's own volition. Some say she was taken to heaven alive, "assumed" like Enoch or Elijah who were snatched from this earth. But there's no proof, no grave, no eyewitnesses, nothing. Everything is based on... assumption.

I'm not sure how to feel about that, but I also can't help but acknowledge Elizabeth's cry in Luke 1:41-42, 45: "Most blessed are you among women & blessed is the fruit of your womb... Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." I don't know if it even really matters how Mary got to heaven. What does matter is that she was obedient to God...

No comments:

Post a Comment