I don’t know about you – but I need Mary!
Because sometimes I have a tendency to look at my life and my accomplishments and want to proclaim: What a great job I’ve done!
Like most Americans these days – I tend to validate my life by pointing to what I have done – and this validation leads to self-affirmation and sometimes even boastfulness and pride.
Influenced by American secularism and individualism – I sometimes even view my existence as independent from God. And when that happens – my tendency is to ignore God’s role in my life, and see myself as a self-actualizing individual – putting myself – not God – at the center of the universe.
And then I really become self-inflated – and then am tempted to look at others as less successful than myself. . .
Yes, influenced by an ever more dominant secular culture, I am tempted to ignore God’s role in my life. I ignore the God who knit me together in my mother’s womb, who gave me my gifts and talents, who sustains me in my existence, and who showers me with the Holy Spirit enabling me to use those God-given gifts and talents.
And that’s why I need Mary – to remind me that this woman God blessed above all other human beings –
whom God chose to be at the center of salvation history and who was faithful to Jesus from Bethlehem to Calvary – always kept things in perspective.
That Mary, at all times, realized that the source of her blessings was the Almighty and not herself and whose blessings made her not proud – but humble and grateful.
On this feast of the Assumption – when we believe Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life — I pray for Mary’s intercession that I may become more aware of the source of all my blessings –
That I may join her in her humility, praise, and gratitude to our God: “The almighty had done great things for me and holy is her name.”
Yes, I need Mary – and perhaps you do also – to keep me grounded. To keep me humble. To keep me focused on God. So that I can as readily as Mary – to God’s will in my life.