Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary • This feast day used to have a reading of the Gospel of Martha and Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary welcomed Jesus when he came knocking on her heart. When Mary died, Jesus came to get her and welcome her to his home.
Mass reminds us of our dignity and our destiny. Mass reminds us of our dignity by giving us a seat at the last supper and a place at the foot of the cross. Mass reminds us of our destiny by giving us a glimpse of heaven. We gather as one community, we sing, we worship God and participate in the supper of the Lamb.
Bishop Ricken as rescinded the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. This means that Catholics are required to spend an hour in heaven every Sunday. If you can't come physically, at least your heart is here with us. Or is it? Jesus can't welcome you into His eternal life if you haven't welcomed him into your earthly life. Come to God's house on Sunday, welcome him into your heart and your home, and Jesus will welcome you into his.
(15 Aug 2021)
Going Deeper: What is one way I can contribute to helping my local Sunday Mass feel just a little more like an hour in heaven?
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