Model of our lives
Last Nov. 1, 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII solemnly declared the Dogma of the Assumption as "the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory".
May all Christians be inspired with Mary's examply and aim for the resurrection of their own lives. Let Mary be our model from birth till eternal life.
First, let us be concerned with the vocation God wishes us to take. St. John's vision is that of a woman giving birth to the Son who will rule all nations and be taken straight up to God and to his throne. Let our vocation be to bring Jesus into the world.
Before that, John saw a vision of that woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. This is an obvious picture of Mary as queen of heaven and earth. Let our vision be that of who we really are as members of the our eternal family in heaven and let that vision guide us on earth.
In the gospel, we see a humble woman, a virgin who has just seen an angel announced to her that she would be the mother of God and that she responded with an unconditional "yes" to be the handmaid of the Lord. But she also went in haste to attend to her cousin Elizabeth, an obvious picture of a woman who thinks not of herself but of others. Let us also go in haste to serve God and our neighbor even letting go of what we desire.
Yes, Mary is a model from beginning to end, from birth to resurrection. But let us follow her and the path she took in order that we may be humble disciples of the Lord: