Reflections for the Solemnity of the Assumption
David Martin | The Daily Knight
One of the ongoing evils of our time has been the changing of sacred text in the Bible to suit our modernist ideologies and pursuits. For example, in the account of the serpent’s attack on Eve in Genesis, the new American ‘bibles’ recount God as telling the serpent:
“I will make enmities of you and the woman, And of your offspring and her descendent; He shall strike you on the head, and you shall strike him on the heel.”
The correct wording is:
“I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy 1 seed and her seed: She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
This verse references the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception and the great power she would exert over the devil, but points especially to that time in the latter days when the Blessed Virgin would lift up her heel in a final, dramatic move to obliterate the forces of evil from our world. It’s a prophecy of how the armies of Heaven led by Mary would crush the pride of the serpent.
Now the Gospel reading for the solemnity of the Assumption includes the Magnificat of the Blessed Virgin as recorded in St. Luke’s Gospel. The new missal perverts the text by recounting Mary as saying:
“My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord”
First of all, Mary never said anything about her “being” but spoke of her “soul.” In the new bibles the word “soul” has been dropped to detract from our affinity with God, who gave man an eternal soul made to His image and likeness. Anything can have a “being,” a dog has a being, but man is the only creature on earth with an eternal soul.
Furthermore, Mary never said that her being “proclaims” the greatness of the Lord. To proclaim is to announce or declare something, which was unlike Mary since She never spoke or preached in public. What Mary said was that her soul magnifies or extols the Majesty of God.
“My soul does magnify the Lord” (Luke: 1:46)
The light of God is magnified through Mary by means of her purity. “She is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of His goodness.” (Wisdom 7:26)
The soul of Mary is like a powerful magnifying glass through which the mysteries of God become clear and manifest to us. Through her intercession, the things of God become accessible to men.
Accordingly, the friendship of God is also gained through her intercession. By the hand of Our Lady God forms the saints and prophets and brings them to the sight of His glory. “She maketh the friends of God and prophets. For God loves none but him that dwells with [Holy Mother] Wisdom.” (Wisdom 7:27,28)
Mary Assumed into Heaven
Now we know from revelation and from the 1950 dogmatic decree of Pope Pius XII that Mary was assumed body and soul into Heaven at the end of her earthly life, but spiritual common sense should also compel us to believe this since corporal death and corruption are the result of original sin, which Mary was exempt from.
For she is The Immaculate Conception, as she identified herself in her apparition to St. Bernardette of Lourdes, saying, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” She is God’s Magnum Opus, the greatest wonder in all Creation—God’s Crowning Conception! She was the only human ever created perfect who God exalted above anything in the order of creation. The beginning of her life in the womb was more exalted than the completed lives of all the saints together.
Not an Ordinary Woman
For Mary was no ordinary woman but was present in the mind of God long before her placement on earth. St. Bernardine of Sienna referred to Mary, saying: “Thou wast preordained in the mind of God, before all creatures, that thou mightiest beget God Himself as man.” (Ecc. 24:5)
She indeed was prechosen from the beginning of time to be the Mother of the Messiah—there were no other choices. For just as Christ is the Second Adam, Mary is the Second Eve, neither of Whom were ‘chosen from among men.’ Mary rather was preordained from eternity to be that holy tabernacle, that Ark of Grace wherewith to bring the Messiah to man. In the fullness of time God brought her forth that she might be that “morning star” through which the light of Christianity was to dawn. (Ecc.24:44)
Mediatrix of All Grace
Upon her Assumption into Heaven, Christ crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth and gave her complete custody over creation and over man’s salvation. For Mary is the Mediatrix of God's power and grace. Any grace that comes to mankind comes through her hands. “Now all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable riches through her hands. And I rejoiced in all these: for this Wisdom went before me, and I knew not that she was the mother of them all.” (Wisdom 7:11,12)
There is no praising Mary too much nor is there anyone on earth who can properly declare her grandeur, for she has her every move in God, who in turn executes His every move through her. St. Louis de Montfort says it would be easier to separate light from the sun than to separate Mary from God. We might see Mary as God’s aura. “She is a vapor of the power of God, and a certain pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty God: and therefore, no defiled thing cometh into her.” (Wisdom 7:25)
Tabernacle of God
It is commonly said that we pray to Christ through Mary, but according to St. Louis de Montfort it more appropriate to say that we pray to Christ in Mary, for Mary is the tabernacle of God. Her role in this respect is alluded to in the Old Testament where it says: “Then the Creator of all things commanded, and He said to me, and He that made me rested in my tabernacle.” (Ecc. 24:12)
When Christ returns to earth Mary will be “the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband… the tabernacle of God with men.” (Apocalypse 21: 2,3)
1. “His seed” references the children of evil led by the demons whereas “Her seed” references the children of Christ led by Mary. According to Ven. Mary of Ageda, Lucifer was shown a foreboding vision of the Blessed Mother when God informed him of Mary’s heel that would crush his head in the end.
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