The Assumption of Mary

            Every young man has an image of what he considers to be the “perfect woman.” And every young woman has an image of what she considers to be the “perfect man.” This image can be based on experience; but a big part of it is created by imagination. One thing people cannot do is to create someone according to this image. They must search for their ideal person.

            God, in his creative power and infinite goodness, made Mary the perfect woman according to his own image. It is not exactly correct to say that God does not play favorites. He has a favorite: The Blessed Virgin Mary. He has blessed her more than any other human being or angel. He gave her the unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception. And today, we celebrate her crowning privilege, her Assumption, body and soul, into heavenly glory. No wonder the gospel has Mary again singing her Magnificat: ” My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord…for the Almighty has done great things for me.”

            The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary celebrates true beauty. Mary, assumed into heaven, is given to us as the image and model of real beauty.

            Basically, we can say that we love people because they are beautiful. Such is not the case with God: God does not love people because they are beautiful. Rather, people become beautiful because God loves them. That is why Mary became the most beautiful because God loves her most.

            We should acknowledge that we have been made beautiful people by God. Only God can endow us with real beauty. What we do or get for ourselves does not make us beautiful and lovable. It is God’s creative power and infinite goodness that makes us beautiful and lovable people.

            Mary shows us how to remain beautiful: that is, to let God’s beauty and goodness, which is in each of us, shine through and be magnified in our entire being. Mary has shown us how to be really beautiful: by living a “beautiful life.” What is a beautiful life? It is a life that seeks contentment solely from God…It is a life that is in perfect harmony with God’s will…It is a life that is full of God’s grace…It is a life that chooses to be totally dependent on God.

            Let the Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, be our inspiration to live a beautiful life.

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