Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We return to our normal Ordinary Time Sunday – the 19th week. The Gospel, however, recounts an occurrence in the lives of Jesus’ disciples that is anything but ordinary. In the Gospel, Jesus walks on the water amidst a great storm and calls Peter out of the boat to join Him. We see Peter begin to walk and then falter and sink. Jesus admonishes him not to doubt, but to have faith. We are reminded to have faith amidst the storms of life and to step out of our comfort zone at times when we are called by the Lord. If the Lord calls us out, He will be there to help us. But if we do doubt and falter, let us call out like Peter and the Lord will save us.
Tuesday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. It is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. We have Mass at Sacred Heart on August 15th at 10:30 a.m. and at St. John the Baptist on August 15th at 6:30 p.m. The Assumption of Mary is an important teaching of the Church, one that we should hold dear. In this dogma, the Church professes that Mary was assumed (not of her own power, but by the power of her son), body and soul, into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Whether this was done while she was alive or immediately after her death, we do not know. It was accomplished through Christ’s death and resurrection and the grace God gave Mary to remain sinless all of her life. Because she was without sin, Mary experienced the resurrection of her body when she left this earth. The Assumption of Mary, however, is a promise to us that the resurrection of body awaits Christ’s faithful disciples. This will occur at the end of time and the end of our world. It is nevertheless a promise to be fulfilled in us and a reminder to live as servants of God as Mary did. In Mary, we see the hopeful vision of our own resurrection. Join us for this wonderful celebration.
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist