A Reflection for the Solemnity of the Assumption
Readings: Revelations 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 44(45):10-12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56
The Scout handbook still teaches that you should leave the campground cleaner than you found it. It is a noble injunction whose origin lies in Robert Baden Powell’s farewell letter to his scouts, “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it.”
A spot of earth should not suffer because we visited. As the crown of God’s creation, our presence should be a blessing to our environs, not a blight. We were not created by God to abuse the rest of his creation. No, we are to care for it, remembering that it is God’s gift to us and to generations still to come.
A teaching that has great antiquity but might appear rather esoteric can teach us a lot about our care for the world in the light of Christ’s concern for it. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary reveals the reach of the resurrection into the very depths of creation. It parallels the scout teaching to leave what we touch better than we found it. Everything that the Son of God touches is utterly transformed.
In Christ, God comes to his creation. In Mary, creation receives its creator and becomes something permanent and pure, something transformed. “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42). Everything touched by the Son of God, everything set free from sin, shall also be transfigured. “In Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order” (1 Cor 15:22-23).
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The Rev. Terrance W. Klein is a priest of the Diocese of Dodge City and author of Vanity Faith.
With thanks to America Magazine and Fr Terrance W. Klein, where this article originally appeared.