Was Mary assumed bodily into Heaven?


#1

What is a valid Catholic response to this particular claim?

Was Mary assumed bodily into Heaven?

“In the Bible, there are three examples where people are assumed bodily into Heaven, Enoch and Elijah, and of course, Jesus.”

Genesis 5:24
24Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

“Although this could just mean that he died, this is in the lineage of Adam to Noah, and with every other person mentioned except Enoch, the Bible says “and then he died,” so this must mean something different, something other than just dying. However, in the other two incidents, there can be no doubt.”

2 Kings 2:11-12
11As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

Luke 24:50-51
50When He had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, He lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into heaven.

“In the Bible, there is no mention whatsoever about Mary being assumed into Heaven. If this had happened, I feel that this important event would have been mentioned. The Catholic Church had not determined that she had been assumed into Heaven until 1950. Why not? Also, Jesus himself said that His mother was not blessed above others.”

Luke 11:27
27As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” 28He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”


#2

We know that bodily assumption is possible partly because of the examples of Enoch and Elijah that you cite. So, why not Mary? The fact that her assumption is not mentioned in the Bible does not mean that it did not happen. Couldn’t it be that the event was not witnessed or was not understood until after the Gospels were written? And isn’t it interesting that there is no known tomb of Mary, or any historical evidence of her remains? It is not known for certain whether Mary even died. And besides all this, the Gospels were written primarily about Jesus, not Mary (see Mark 1:1). There is much about Mary that is not recorded in the Bible.

Keep in mind that the Church’s understanding of events such as Mary’s assumption can take a long time to develop. But we can be sure that, if the Church proclaims something as infallible teaching, it is true.

Also, regarding Luke 11:27, Jesus did not discount Mary’s blessedness but explained that ALL are blessed who hear the word of God and keep it.

(And for clarification, Jesus ascended into heaven by his own power. Mary was assumed into heaven by the power of God.)


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