LISTEN: The Feast of the Assumption — Year C

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Gospel today is Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. It is a gospel of recognition – of Mary’s role in the story of salvation, a confirmation of her radically free and generous acceptance of God’s will, the essence of total discipleship.

The Second Reading is from 1 Corinthians: the Risen Christ is not just risen as a kind of rebuttal to the powers of evil, but a model of what we are all ultimately supposed to be. Paul is saying to us that resurrection, and not death, is our ultimate destiny.

In the Book of Revelation, our First Reading, the author has a vision of God’s plan for us. Today’s extract is from a section which sets his times, and our times, against a kind of cosmic battle between good and evil. The war in heaven between God and Satan.

Mary’s absolute trust in God’s grace and protection wins through.

These readings give us a better idea of the Feast we celebrate. Mary is the model of perfect Christian discipleship. Though we can never copy her, we are called to try to model ourselves on her radical faithfulness. And this is possible because in the Risen Christ the war is already won. Evil is defeated.

Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on what does this actually mean for us? And how might we see, if not a direct reference, at least an echo of this doctrine in Scripture.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
Revelation 11:19,12:1-6,10; Psalm 45; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56

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Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.
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