This Thursday, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Mary into heaven. She is the only human that we know of whose resurrected body was united with God. The rest of us must wait until the end times or second coming for this to happen. Why was this incredible honor given to her?
It was certainly her radical YES to God’s request to become the mother of Jesus. An unmarried teenage girl trusted God enough to agree to this request. But it didn’t stop there. Wasn’t it also all the other yesses she said during her lifeline? Consider these examples.
Mary said yes when she joined Joseph as they were forced to flee their homes to escape to Egypt when violence threatened the safety of their child. Despite the incredibly hard journey and their desperate poverty, they went.
Mary said yes when she realized the Jesus wasn’t with Joseph on the journey back home from Jerusalem. Jesus was back in the temple learning from the elders. Imagine the fear Mary felt at this separation. Yet Jesus had to ‘go about His Father’s business” alone.
Mary said yes when she stood at the foot of the cross. She watched as her innocent child was executed by government forces and by hate for what he preached.
Mary said yes in all her experiences especially those that were the most painful. She is a model for the many mothers seeking safety and survival for their children. She is the model for mothers whose children have been separated from them. She is the model for the mothers of the executed. She is a model for each of us letting us know what we can say yes in the most sorrowful and fearful times in our lives.
Thank you, gracious God, for giving us this loving model of YES.