What lessons should I learn from the Assumption of Mary?
A friend recently discovered the joys of golfing. He bought a set of clubs, all the right equipment and learned the rules of the game. But he could never quite hit the ball far enough or straight enough. One day he had had enough and decided to take a few lessons. He discovered that what he was doing was wrong, and after mimicking a good swing over and over again, he finally hit the ball better.
Holiness is much the same way. We need someone to show us how we can live our faith well. Mary is a model of sanctity. She shows us how to be faithful to God’s will, living each day with confidence in God’s mercy and love. At the Nativity, in the public ministry, and at the Crucifixion, we see her steadfast trust. She allows the Lord to use her life to accomplish his plan for her and for all of us. In the Preface of the Mass for the Assumption of Mary, we pray: “the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection, and a sign of hope and comfort for your people on their pilgrim way.”
It is this pattern of holiness that we strive to imitate. In the office, at home, or in our community, we look for signs of God’s grace that call us to an ever greater love of him and each other. A greater awareness of God is a sign of our conversion of heart that lives the lessons Mary teaches.
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