Yesterday was August 15, the feast of the assumption of Mary. A dogma that brings even more controversy from the protestants about Mary and her place in the story of salvation.
The Assumption of Mary have been in practice before the early-fourth century as was demonstrated by the early-fourth century Ethiopian apocrypha (Liber Requiei Mariae (The Book of Mary’s Repose), a writing that pre-dates the Bible but the dogma was only made definitive by Pope Pius XII in 1950 (Munificentissimus Deus).
My pentecostal and protestant friends will always argue that "it is not in the bible". Yes they may be right about that. but saint Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians said,
stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)The Assumption of the most blessed virgin Mary is a tradition that was in existence even before the bible as we know it came into being in the fifth century.
Psalm 16 says:
And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; even my body shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your Holy One know decay.the holy one as referred in this passage is Christ's holy body. A body that passed through the womb of our lady. It follows that his mother’s body, which forever contained a cellular component of the Divinity (and a particle of God is God) would not be allowed to decay. hence it was taken up to heaven to be reunited with christ.
If Elijah and Enoch were assumed into heaven and we dont have a problem with that, i just do not understand why we should have a problem with Mary (the greatest, and most blessed of all created creatures) being assumed into heaven.
Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm. A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. (Rev. 11:19a)On why Catholics 'worship Mary' as our protestant brethren put it, we do not worship Mary, we only honor her in line with the scripture
From this day all generations will call me blessed, the Almighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name (Luke 1:48-49)A woman in the crowd calls out, praising the womb that bore him and the breasts that nursed him. But Jesus replied “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
The blessed virgin mary did hear the word (you shall concieve and bear a son and you shall call him jesus), she obeyed (Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word) and observed the word, carried the word, nutured the word and the word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.
Mary’s sanctity was more than a matter of biology. It was much more than her physical reality. Making the Word incarnate involved than just shared DNA. It was faith.