Priest on Assumption feast: ‘There’s more after death’

Priest on Assumption feast: ‘There’s more after death’

ICMAS rector Fr. Emmanuel I. Cruz led the ICMAS community Eucharistic celebration at the ICMAS Graduate School of Theology Chapel on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15, 2018. ICMAS

By Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban/Ariz V. De Castro

Aug. 18, 2018

GUIGUINTO, BULACAN

At a Mass to celebrate Mary’s Assumption, a priest on Wednesday reminded Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) seminarians that life does not end with death.

“The reason for the celebration of Mary’s Assumption is because we see that there is something more than death,” said rector Fr. Emmanuel I. Cruz, who led the ICMAS community Eucharistic celebration at the ICMAS Graduate School of Theology Chapel.

He called on everyone present to uphold the value of human life and see the beauty of the Assumption’s promise to all believers.

Challenging death

Cruz challenged many people’s underlying beliefs that life is only about what they see at present. He said Mary’s Assumption disproves natural human thinking that life ends with physical death: “This is the challenge of Mary to death: ‘Where is thy sting?’ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:55) No. Death will not be the last chapter in human life.”

He also stressed the prominence of the feast in the life and liturgy of the Church. “We are not only remembering a lowly handmaid from Nazareth,” he said. He explained that as Eve’s actions brought about the fall of Man, Mary’s yes to God paved the way for Christ’s coming, undoing the fall. “Mary was assumed into heaven because of her active role in turning the promise of salvation in Christ a reality… This is why Mary became the recipient of the fruits of Jesus’ redemptive act,” Cruz added.

In conclusion, the priest invited the seminarians to always look at the Assumption of Mary in connection to Jesus. “Every Marian solemnity is Christological,” he told them.

Vigil for holy priests

The Mass culminated the Triduum held by the seminary in honor of Mary’s Assumption, from Aug. 12 to 14. The seminarians also attended a vigil with Eucharistic adoration dedicated for the sanctification of all ordained and consecrated persons, a tradition observed by the seminary for several years now.