On Thursday of next week our school community will gather in solidarity with Catholic communities around the globe to celebrate the Eucharist in honour of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This Feast Day is one of the one of the oldest feasts in the Church that celebrates Mary. As a Marist community, it is particularly significant for us to pray together and reflect on what Mary is and can be for us.
In the Marist tradition, we so often speak of Mary, Our Good Mother. It is helpful to also be aware of another Marist description of Mary: `our ordinary resource’. This reminds us that Mary was, in fact, human, like us, and sharing in the experiences that so many of us have – parenting, unexpected events, being part of a community and navigating its expectations, pressures and needs. Through it all, Mary allowed her faith in a loving God to shape her approach to her life. In the Gospels, Mary is presented as a person of faith, strength and intelligence; a person who engages with her life, rather than simply letting it happen to her. Mary was open to God’s word and listened to how she was called to share God’s love in our world. When we think of Mary, it can be helpful to think of her as our ordinary resource – an example that we can follow.
In our busy lives, it is worth remembering the importance of pausing, of listening, and of opening our hearts to God’s will for us. As we do so, may we continue to answer the call to holiness and embrace opportunities to affect positive change for others in and through the ways we bring Christ’s love into our world.