Short Background Statement:
“Assumption” refers to the official teaching of the Catholic Church that, upon her death, the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed or taken up bodily into heaven by her Son, Jesus. This doctrine became official November 1, 1950.
The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, for “when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father’! (Gal 4:4-6).
With these words of the Apostle Paul, which the Second Vatican Council takes up at the beginning of its treatment of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I too wish to begin my reflection on the role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and on her active and exemplary presence in the life of the Church. For they are words which celebrate together the love of the Father, the mission of the Son, the gift of the Spirit, the role of the woman from whom the Redeemer was born and our own divine filiation, in the mystery of the “fullness of time.”