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Fr. Jonathan's Homily on the Feast of The Assumption

This week, Father Jonathan celebrated the Mass for The Feast of The Assumption of Mary.  He delivered such a wonderful Homily, and offered to share the transcript with our parish on-line.  We are so blessed to have such talented and spiritual homilists at Holy Trinity!  Please take a moment to enjoy this meaningful message:


                                                 The Feast assumption of Blessed Mary


Mary is closely linked with the saving work of Christ, hence she was assumed into the heavenly glory.  We are called to share in that same glory by seeking to do God’s will at all times. Mary shows us what we should do in order to attain that glory.

There is a story told of a poor boy who grew up in Los Angeles. As a teenager he got interested in boxing, and soon showed that he had exceptional talent. Were it not for this he probably would have drifted into crime like so many of his companions. The most significant person in his life was his mother. She encouraged him in his pursuit of boxing success, and went to all his fights. He was thrilled when he was selected to box for America in the Barcelona Olympics of 1992. Unfortunately, his mother was not there to see him represent his country. She died shortly before the Games began. This greatly saddened the boy, but at the same time made him all the more determined to win the gold medal. He won the gold medal, and in his moment of triumph, he didn’t forget his mother. The very first thing he did, after the he was announced as the winner, was to get down on his knees right there in the ring, before the television cameras of the world, and say a prayer. Looking up to heaven he said, “Mam, this is for you. I owe it to you’. He felt that since she had been at the center of his struggle from the beginning, it was only fitting that she should now share in his victory.

In a similar way, Mary was with Jesus from the very beginning, and stayed with him right to the end. She was beside him in all the joyful and sorrowful moments of his life. She brought him into the world with dignity. As newborn baby she took him to Egypt to save him from Herod’s killers. She took him back to Nazareth and took care of him as he grew up. She sought him in sorrow when he got lost in the temple. During his public ministry she sometimes feared for his safety and sanity. And she accompanied him all the way Calvary, staying with him until the end. Therefore, it is right and fitting that she should share his risen glory. That is what we are celebrating on this beautiful feast of the assumption- a mother sharing in the triumph of the son. And it gives us great encouragement. After all, Mary was just a human being. What she has attained, all of us are meant to attain. We can turn to her in prayer for her intercession and say, “that is where we want to be after the end of our life in this world”. As a spiritual mother, she wants nothing less for us. Just because she is in heaven doesn’t mean we cannot reach her for help. It is precisely because of where she is now, with God, that she can intercede for us.

 

Caps Corner Bio

Mark Capuano

By the Fall of 2008 Mark Capuano (Cap) was comfortable and content with his life as an Evangelical Elder.  Thinking he "had it all figured out" his thoughts were primarily on spending his remaining years in the company of friends and acquaintances within his tight circle of fellow believers in rural Ohio.  God had other plans.  


Spurred by a particularly harsh criticism of the Catholic Church he'd heard from a missionary to Italy, Cap decided to finally explore the history of Christianity in depth.  Only this time, rather than reading what others had to say, he decided to go right to the source - the Apostolic Fathers.  What he discovered changed his mind, his world, his life.  

A study which began as an apology of Catholicism to be a legitimate, Biblically based Christian religion, ended up a defense of Orthodoxy itself, and the first step in a personal journey back to the Church of his youth.  By the summer of 2011 the journey was complete.  His book "Giving My Ancestors a Vote" details this thought process from a first person perspective.  Mark's hope is that it will ultimately be of value as a starting point toward unity, which is the prayer of our Lord.  

"Cap's Corner" is a collection of short thoughts and lessons, also intended to help others along their own person faith journey.  Never at a loss for wit, you may find these articles interesting and enjoyable.

Cap currently resides in Bolivar, Ohio and is a member of The Church of The Holy Trinity in Zoar.  A professional chemical/materials engineer, he is now retired from The Timken Steel Company.  In addition to Jesus Christ, his passions include music, reading, and fishin'.