Mary raises us up: A homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption

Today is the Assumption.  I have a little trick for school Mass to show the difference between the ascension and the assumption.  Two balloons.  The Ascension of Jesus is represented by a Superman balloon with helium.  By his own power, Jesus (the ultimate superman) goes up.  That’s the ascension.  Now Mary is a blue balloon, no helium, attached to the string of the Jesus balloon.  Mary goes up by the power of Christ. She is assumed into heaven, body and soul. Now Mary is closer to us than Jesus. Many find her a bit more accessible, easier to reach.  The beauty is, we can reach Jesus through her.  We attach ourselves to her, and she brings us up to Jesus.  She directs us.  She raises us up.