God keeps his promises in everything. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a great example of that! This week we discuss God fulfilling His promises to Adam and Eve all through to the New Covenant through Jesus – all His promises kept while we continue to break ours to Him. But He knows we are weak, and promises to help us be and do better. And the Assumption of Mary is part of that promise – showing us that a real human being can be and do what they are supposed to be and do! Mary’s assumption gives us hope, and we present reasons for that hope this week, along with many Mary resources just a click away! Now is a wonderful time, with the resources this week, to share with children and remind ourselves how we do not worship Mary, but honor her as the mother of our Best Friend, as she is constantly pointing us to Him.
The activity is a prayer, and an ongoing easy discussion for follow-up about Mary wherever you are.
God Keeps His Promises
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Catechesis At Home – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Year B
God Keeps His Promises
DISCUSSION – Discovering how God Keeps His Promises
The readings for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary remind us that Mary represents many things in Scripture. She is the Ark of the New Covenant, in carrying our Lord in her womb, she carried the living body of God. She is the Mother of the Son of Man, who came to defeat Satan. She is the Mother of the Church and our heavenly mother, always ready to pray for us and our needs.
When you hear the readings at Mass and the homily this week, you will hear about these and other teachings about the Blessed Mother. Her role is so important in helping us get to heaven, where her Son awaits us. But He doesn’t just passively wait – He works in our lives through many ways and means, not least through relationship. It is a deep relationship with Jesus Christ that Mary wants us to have so desperately. Mary’s feast comes in the middle of our exploration of what it means for Jesus to be the Bread of Life. Her Assumption – being brought body and soul into heaven by God’s power and grace – exemplifies what is promised in the Eucharist. When we partake of the heavenly meal, we are growing ever more holy and become sanctified so we, too, can go to heaven and eventually, we will be re-united with our physical bodies at the final Resurrection.
ACTIVITY – Sharing and Celebrating how God Keeps His Promises
This week pray the Magnificat together with your family. How does God keep His promises to you?
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY – Remember in Worship that God Keeps His Promises
It is important to remember and constantly teach our children that, as Catholics, we do not worship Mary. We honor and respect her, as we would the mother of our Best Friend. Mary always steps aside and points us to God, and by her life and acceptance of God’s will teaches us how to worship God. When we pray the Magnificat or the Hail Mary, we are always asking her to join in our prayer to God, because she was physically in His presence and honored by Him to be His mother on earth. So, while we have a devotion to Mary – devoted to her kindness, gentleness, and humility so that we may learn to imitate and become more like her in serving and worshipping God – we do not worship her or put her above The Lord. Only He is worthy of worship – “He has remembered his promise of mercy” – and Mary reminds us of that!
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How does God keep His promises to you?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles