Can you even imagine it? You are a young woman (bear with me guys for a minute) and an angel appears to you to tell you that you will become pregnant.
And the baby will be the Son of God.
And you’re still a virgin.
I don’t know how Mary kept her cool. This was a time when a woman could be killed for being pregnant and not married (something Joseph knew and wanted to spare her of until an angel appeared to him in a dream to explain it all). And we thought our lives were complicated?
Mary’s response, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” seems so, oh, I don’t know, blasé. Did she really just shrug her shoulders and say, “Okay, whatever you say?” My response would have been more like, “Are you frickin’ kidding me?” But hey, that’s just me.
When Archbishop Sheen said to Our Lady, “Teach me to pray,” that isn’t the only thing Our Blessed Mother can teach us. Her “may it be done to me according to your word,” teaches us complete and utter trust in God. And unlike some of us, (*cough*) she had the faith to back it up.
When Mary accompanied Jesus to the wedding at Cana, she once again shows her complete and utter trust: “Do whatever he tells you.” She is the first disciple and she knows. You might not listen to your own mother, but when someone else’s mother says something, the words resonate. In Mary’s case they still do.
I find it amusing when I hear people say that women are held down by the Catholic Church. Mary’s steadfast example shows the strength of all women throughout the Church’s history.
There’s an older, Italian man who comes to St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church to pay homage to Our Lady. “Capo dei capi,” he always says pointing to Mary.
“Boss of the bosses.” He gets her. He understands.