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Sermon for 16 August 2015



My Dear People,

Here we are at the Solemnity of the Assumption – . It is called "Little Easter" in the Eastern part of the Church and by the Orthodox and rightly so. Our Lady's Assumption is the supernatural consequence of the fact that she was born into this world without Sin.

Mary is Sinless so that Death could not consume her and she experienced at the end of her earthly life a Bodily Resurrection brought about by the power of her Son. She is the first born from the dead after THE FIRST BORN – Jesus Christ – the Resurrection and the Life. We too hope to follow.

How could our Lord allow his mother's spotless body to decay in the earth? He could not and so he assumed her, body and soul into the heavenly glory, where she now reigns as the Mother of us all.

Whenever our Lady appears on earth the seers always say how beautiful she is - not to be compared to any earthly beauty. Our Lady always looks young as well – it is as though age does not touch her as you would expect once you have passed out of this time perspective. It is a great mystery isn't it and yet it is a doctrine we all hold to be true even for ourselves. We proclaim in the Creed – "I look forward to the resurrection of the body and the life of the world to come..." So my body too will rise again and be in heaven with God. It will not be subject to decay again or to sin. I will gaze upon God in my body. It will be a real body but not like my earthly one in the sense that the seed is not like the fruit.

Mary – the Immaculate one is the fairest of all creatures and the splendour of God's creation. In her we have the singular boast of our race. However, never think that she cannot relate to us because of her exalted status in the Church.

She is so near to us in all the conditions of life and has been the beacon for many a nation when they were suffering their darkest hour and the hope for many a sinner who could not face God and who sought her help. The millions of pilgrims visiting Lourdes and Fatima and Knock to seek her powerful help is a witness to her place in the Church of today.

May our Lady's Feast today fill us all with a holy joy and fixing our eyes on our Heavenly Mother may we find the way to Jesus more easily and more faithfully than ever before.

God bless you.

Father Tom Connolly.

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