So, the Bible, while not specifically recording Mary’s Assumption, does present other assumptions, thus showing it to be a biblical concept. Further, Mary’s physical presence in Heaven seems at least hinted at, if not directly described, in the Book of Revelation. The Church does not rely solely on Scripture. In this case, what we celebrate is most fundamentally taught to us by Sacred Tradition; the memory of Mary’s Assumption goes back as far as we can remember.Well, it seems we have Enoch walking with God (Gen. 5:24) and Elijah caught up in a whirlwind (1 Kings 2:11) and Moses without a grave (Deut. 34:6) and all of this adds up to a precedent and even a doctrine of bodily assumptions. And because some folks talked as if it had taken place, and if anyone were to be assumed into heaven Mary would be the top candidate, therefore it must have taken place. Now there is an interesting thought progression. No wonder some Lutherans are nervous about Mary. Talk about creative exegesis!
I still recall the poignant words of Ted Kennedy eulogizing his brother Robert. Among the many profound and eloquent words, was this: My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. . . How true are those words. How much more true when it comes to Blessed Mary, Mother of our Lord. She neither requires nor asks of us to be enlarged or idealized beyond her own life and the judgment of our Lord that she was "full of grace" and will by all nations be called "blessed." We need not create a cause or reason to bestow upon her a higher honor than the honor she holds whether we give it or not. She consented to the Father's will and the words of the Archangel and the Lord who spoke to create all things took up residence in her womb as a baby. By this act of pure faith, guided by the Spirit, she became the mother of all the faithful -- those who trust in the Word of the Lord, who ponder upon that Word in faith, and whose glory is, above all, to have known the unmerited favor of God. She quite joyfully acclaimed this God in flesh her Lord and Savior and her greatest glory is to join in this faith and confession. To try and do more only detracts from the greater glory God has shown her and the grace He made known to her.