Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Assumption

Today, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This event is when the Virgin Mary was taken up into Heaven, at the end of her life.  At this time, both her body and her soul.

The Bible teaches us that death is a result of sin. It says, "through sin, death entered the world" and again, "the wages of sin are death".  The Virgin Mary born without sin, and she never sinned during her life.  Therefore, it was not necessary for her to die, as it was impossible for her body to undergo corruption and decay.  However, she wished to follow the example of her divine son, and she too passed through the dark portal of death before being taken up into Heaven.

St. John Damascene is sometimes called the Doctor of the Assumption, because he wrote a lot about it in the 600's.  While passing on the ancient traditions about the death of Mary, he says that all of the apostles were present at her death bed in Jerusalem, except for St. Thomas.  Thomas arrived three days later, and he requested to see her body.  "The body could nowhere be seen, and a delicious perfume filled the empty tomb. The apostles then became convinced that as God had preserved the body of Mary free from sin before, in, and after the birth of His Son, He was pleased likewise, after her death, to preserve that same body from corruption, and to glorify it in heaven."

11 comments:

GameOverTown said...

I don't think that death should the result of sins. We need death to live. If nobody died, then we would run out of resources and there would be even more fighting.

Anonymous said...

So, if Mary never sinned then why couldn't she die for our sins. That's what Jesus came to do. He took the punishment for our sins because he never sinned. So if Mary never sinned, then why would she need to give birth to Jesus?

Kuhna said...

^I'm assuming because sinlessness =/= divinity. Mary was human; Jesus was an aspect of something that is not.

*shrugs* my guess.

William D said...

We had infinitely offended god. Jesus Christ was god, so he established a bunch of sacraments for us to use so we could be better people (Jesus is the second person of the blessed trinity.) Mary wasn't Christ so she couldn't infinitely make it up to God because he is infinite. Because Christ is also god, by dying, he infinitely made it up. So Kuhna, you are technically correct.

C said...

Was Mary's preservation from original sin a requirement for birthing Jesus, or a 'reward' for it?

sort-of-but-not-really related: what's the Catholic view on infant baptism? Why does infant baptism matter? Why does it even make sense (because it doesn't to me).

Anonymous said...

If death is punishment for sin please explain to me why animals die????

GameOverTown said...

@anonymous at 5:26
Because the earth would be way overcrowded

William D said...

Ok @ C: Firstly sorry I was a jerk to you earlier. The Blessed Mother had no original sin, because Christ was perfect and He couldn't be born from an imperfect human, that is like saying that God hates us and kills us. It is impossible!
The reason why infants are baptized, is because that is the sacrament that firsts washes away your sin. Original Sin is just as bad as mortal sin, and when a person is in mortal sin, well, they don't exactly go to Heaven... So Baptism gives birth to CAtholics basically. It makes you a child of God and a temple of the Holy Ghost.
@Anon: Animals die because A: they don't have souls. Yes they live, but they can't really THINK or talk. They die because like GameOver said if they didn't we would be way overpopulated. It's all a part of God's plan!

Anonymous said...

That is just beautiful, Michael!!:):):) God is wonderful and we should not doubt Him for a moment. You know, I believe in everything that God decides, because He has a reason for everything He does. God Bless you.:)

Sammy said...

I think the reason that Mary was chosen to be the mother of Christ is because is was just a normal teenage girl. It wouldn't have been as amazing if she was perfect. Also, wouldn't perfect mean that you never made a mistake? It says in Luke 2 that when Jesus stayed behind in the temple, his Parents thought he was with them. But they later found out they were wrong. I believe if she was perfect, she would have known he stayed behind. Also, where in the Bible does it talk about Mary's death? I don't ever remember reading that. Just curious. ~Samantha

William D said...

St. John wrote a lot about Mary's death. Just because her SOUL was perfect doesn't mean her BODY was. She made human mistakes, but her soul was exempt from Original sin which means she was pure. She didn't sin, because she had a very strong will, and, she had God for her child!