The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mothers, aside from all of their nurturing and caring and tending, are also exemplars. They show their children what to do and how to do it, what to strive for and how to achieve it, not necessarily by saying, but more importantly by doing. In that respect, Our Blessed Mother Mary is no exception. Perhaps more than anything else, she models for us, as our mother, what it means to be a brother, a sister, of the Lord Jesus. She is the disciple par excellence. We are right to want to imitate her virtues: her trust in God’s plan, and her humility in accepting it. Her ability to endure suffering without despairing. Her single-hearted devotion to her divine Son. But today’s solemnity reminds us of a very simple truth: having been assumed body and soul into heaven, Mary has gone ahead of her children, paving the way before them not only in word but in fact. Having modeled for them the life of the believer on earth, she now models the life of the blessed in heaven. The message of the Assumption is a simple one: where Mary, our mother, has gone, we, her children, hope to follow.