Throughout her life, Mary could be described in two words: obedient and humble.
Mary was obedient to everything God had spoken to her through an angel, in spite of the possible consequences of Joseph’s divorcing her and being accused of adultery and stoned to death.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. — Luke 1:38
Mary never took pride in being the mother of the Lord. Instead, she always gave the praise and glory to the Father.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. — Luke 1:46-49
Finally, Mary never pointed anyone to herself, to her blessedness. Instead, she always led others to the mercy and kindness of Jesus — from the Marian apparitions to one of her words in the Bible:
The mother of Jesus said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” — John 2:5
Mary was never about honoring herself. She was always about revealing the kindness and faithfulness of the Father and of the Son. Through Mary, we know more about the love and mercy of Jesus.
Today, as we commemorate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us remember to follow the example of Mary — obedient, faithful, humble, and completely trusting in God.