Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Assumption Of Our Lady

Sacred Space writes about today's Holy Day of Obligation thus;
When Jesus took his mother, body and soul, into heaven, he did honour to the poor clay of which our human bodies are fashioned: a first step towards making all things new. ‘The whole of nature groans in a common travail all the while. And not only do we see that, but we ourselves do the same; we ourselves, although we have already begun to reap our spiritual harvest, groan in our hearts, waiting for that adoption which is the ransoming of our bodies from their slavery.’ (Romans, 8, 22-23)
Until I watched Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, I had always thought of Mary thus,
And after watching his film, I now think of her courage, walking right beside him through his horrifying last hours, "It begins." She didn't turn away or hide her face, she watched everything they inflicted upon him. And the closing scene of this film is her face turned to us; he did this for you, he did this for us.