We are told that if we assume anything, we should break down that word and expect the results that come from the break down of the word, ass-u-me! Today, we celebrate that assumption that sanctifies that word and gives it a whole new meaning. When God chose to assume Mary into Heaven, he decided to make you and me holy.
How does this work? In my understanding of the assumption of Mary into Heaven, it is meant to be a sign of the fact that God calls all people to holiness and much like the prophet Elijah and Enoch of the Old Testament, we could be assumed into Heaven as well. I don’t think I am supposed to completely understand what that looks like for all of his faithful people that end their life on earth in rather worldly fashion. Like Saint Maximillian Kolbe, who’s body was burnt after being killed at Auschwitz. However, I know that there are signs of this promise in the preserved bodies of Saint Bernedette and Saint John XXIII.
To me, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a miraculous sign of the glorious body that will be restored to all those faithful people that make their life a gift to God. How that works in God’s time and space, we will not know until we get to Heaven. It is the 6th chapter of John’s Gospel that we hear in Jesus’ words that the future that he has planned for those that eat his flesh is incorruptibility. He says, “Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:49-51) Also, he says, “What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?”
I can hear the church saying today, “What about when you see the Mother of God assumed into heaven?” It is only necessary for us to believe that Jesus was willing to give us his flesh to eat in the form of bread and receive the free gift of grace that comes with the eating of that bread, and we can have the sure hope of being assumed into heaven at the end of the age. What form our bodies take until then, is up to the will of God, but I will hold on to the hope that comes from the understanding of the celebration in the church today. God wills for some of us to be assumed into heaven and to be incorruptible.