In England and Wales this year, Sunday 14th August was kept as the Solemnity of the Assumption, (in other years it is kept on 15th August).
The Second reading at the Mass during the day came from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet.
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
The last phrase of the last sentence of the passage is an encouraging one. We may find ourselves struggling with all sorts of things that would draw us from a godly life, or seek to tempt us to sin. But all these things will end up, defeated, overcome and under his feet.
Wise counsel, generally, is for us not to seek to conquer sin and temptation alone. But to invoke to our aid the prayer and assistance of the Lord, of the angels and saints too. The Lord has won the victory, and participates in the particular battles still to be fought. We are not alone, left o our own devices. We are cherished and assisted in a multitude of ways.
- In prayer spend a moment, thanking God for his love and renewing your trust in him.
Shrine to the Passion, Cathedral, Aix en Provence. (c) 2006, Allen Morris.