Mary, to me, is in a special class. She is that extra something that God gives to people whom he has already given everything. We have only to accept the gift.
A lot of people struggle with this. They just can't get their heads around it. But it's not a gift for the head. It's a gift for the heart.
Mary is the mother of our Saviour. She was prepared with exquisite care for her role. She is a model for us without parallel in how to respond to God. She followed to the letter the promptings of the Holy Spirit and ministered in her day.
She was given by Jesus, her Son, almost with his dying breath, to John who represented, we believe, the whole Church. She was taken up into glory and has continued to follow the Lord's directions as he has directed her to minister to his people, even to being a prophet in our own day.
She is mother of the Church. Like any mother, one of the things she does best, when we let her, is keep us together, with our eyes focused upon Jesus. She is a gift from God. She is intended by him to be a factor of unity for the whole Body of Christ on earth. Can we look to the time when every quarter oft he Church will accept the gift? Speed the day!
“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.
His mercy is from age to age
to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1:46-55)