Mary. Mary. Quite Contrary.
Mary is contrary to the typical human being, for in her, from the moment of her first existence, she embodies all of our hopes and fears. Hopes for happiness, for blessing, for perfection, for sinlessness. Fears that God has more in store for us than we could ever desire, fears that he might ask us to be different, to be great, to be unique.
In her is a gentleness, a compassion that can only come from God. In her is perfect motherly love, for she was the perfect mother to the perfect child. This love is available to Christians today. In her is a warrior. She alone among mere men is a complete and total enemy of Satan. She alone can look into the eyes of Satan and have no fear. She walked in the shadow of death, the shadow of her Son’s Cross and she felt no fear. She is more than willing and able to protect us in our moments of tribulation and trial. In her is a will so caught up in the divine that it is impossible to distinguish the two. She desires what Jesus desires. Jesus desires your salvation. Mary desires your salvation. Jesus desires for you to be one with him. Mary desires that you be one with him. Jesus desires your purity, your obedience, your love. Mary desires your purity, your obedience, your love.
Mary was the first to experience the coming of the Kingdom when Jesus first kicked in his womb. All the waiting and expecting came first to Mary, then to us. She was the first shoulder he laid his head on. Hers were the lips that kissed his scrapes and bruises. Hers were tears that were shed at loosing track of him at the Temple. Her hands were the hands that were folded in prayer over him day and night. She shared in his burden, knowing what must take place for only Son.
And this is why Mary is a fitting woman, a gracious and wonderful intercessor, guide, and counselor. Christ is only closer to the other two Persons of the Trinity. After that, it is Mary, from whom he received his human nature. And so we can pray with confidence to her, that she will hear us, pray for us, and do anything that she can to help us, her people, Christ’s people.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.