We celebrate today the Assumption into Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our reading today from the Revelation gives us remarkable imagery of this event.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.
The passage reveals how God glorified Mary because she alone gave an unqualified yes, both with her life and that of her son. As our reading reveals, God prepared a special place for her in the Kingdom of Heaven, where she resides as Queen.
O Mary, conceived without sin, have mercy on us who have recourse to thee.