It often seems hard to live as a good Christian. The teachings of Jesus seem to be directly opposed to the values of the world. Today, on the Feast of the Assumption, we reflect on the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her, Mary said ‘Yes’ to God’s plan, without any reservations. She put her life into God’s hands. Mary was the first disciple of Jesus. She believed in him, and loved him, before he was even born, when she was carrying the Son of God as a child in her womb. In today’s Gospel, we hear Mary’s song of praise, the Magnificat, celebrating the great things that God has done for her. At the end of her life, Mary was taken up directly into heaven. God did not allow her body to suffer corruption.
The great things that God has done for Mary will also be done for us. We may think that we have to ‘try harder’ and ‘do more,’ to live a good Christian life. Mary shows us that, instead, we should put our life into God’s hands and open our hearts to what God wants to do.