The ” assumption ” of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection for we Christians. However, this an opportunity for us to revisited the records of John in John 19: 26-27 ” Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, Woman, behold your son! Then he said to the disciple, Behold, your mother! From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home. ” Where Jesus makes her not wholly a model but the last gift he gives us before leaving this life. She is our mother and not merely our role model – John 1: 14 ” The word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. “ We are involved with her life and she with ours – right now – and are not simply at it as a museum piece from antiquity.
A disciple is one who is a follower of Jesus. You do not follow somebody who is standing still. Jesus, even in his moments of solitude and stillness, was never standing still. His life was a march to Calvary and, beyond that, to resurrection and ascension.
Mary understood everything Jesus was doing in his earthly life more than the apostles. She asked questions – as in the incident where she lost Jesus at the age of twelve (12) – Luke 2: 41-51 ” especially verse 48 – ” when they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you. ” But as a disciple does, she thoughts about such things seriously in her heart, storing up the memories and trusting that God would make it clear in his time. She never left his side in her heart, even in those times when he left her side in body – and in death.