The Assumption of Mary by Pietro Perugino (1513)
Today is the Solemn Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This is a glorious day. Mary is the first to experience the resurrection of body and soul and join in the eternal joy of Heaven. But this is experience is promised to each of us who is saved through Christ.
This feast day can be confusing for those who are not Catholic. The dogma of the Assumption does not make Mary a deity. It is not a new dogma that was invented by Pope Pius XII in 1950. The dogma of Assumption was promulgated in the Papal Apostolic Constitution MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS on November 1, 1950 but it has been part of the Church teachings since the early centuries. It is part of the dogma of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The wonderful folks over at Aquinas and More Catholic Bookstore have a nice, concise recap of both the dogma and the history of the celebration of this feast.
I would also recommend the reflections of Fr. Dwight Longenecker on 10 Things To Remember about the Assumption of Mary.
And for those who are used to abstaining from meat on Fridays, this is a feast day so enjoy a burger in Mary's honor.
In all seriousness, today is a beautiful reminder of the glory that awaits all who abide in Christ.