Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary reflection by Fr. Paul Barwikowski

Many people are impressed by individuals going into space… Just think about Mary going into heaven!

There is no doubt one of the greatest human desires is to be happy! We keep asking questions such as: how do I get that eternal joy? Who can make me happy?

Then I hear stories of Neil Armstrong, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and I can just imagine how happy they were making such an achievement of going into space. But how much of that is just a temporary feeling and a great memory that can possibly pass away? I want more than that!

Today’s Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds me of something very important. Humility is what I want to learn from Mary! Her words spoken in the presence of Elizabeth have become one of the most popular prayers: my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.

It is a prayer that can shape your daily prayer -- people of the Church always pray it at Vespers, the evening prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. Mary does not focus on herself, but on God. She is all God-focused, all beautiful, all adoring. She adores Jesus, whom she carries within her, whom, as the Fathers of the Church teach, she first conceived in the soul through faith and then in the flesh. And it is from focusing on Jesus that her joy flows. We can say that, although she spoke those words for the first time in Elizabeth's house, she says them unceasingly in heaven -- as the Assumed Queen, completely united with her Son. That’s my goal…permanent joy in heaven!