Mary’s humility is not grim. Because she was humble she could appreciate the grandeur of the divine plan in which she had a principal part. She was a girl full of life, and also gifted with vision. Her happiness flowed not only from the love she received but also from the love her people received through her. Her joy radiated out to others, in particular, Elizabeth.
The practical hardships of her life are almost passed over in the Gospels except at the beginning and the end of Jesus’ life. The journeys at Jesus’ birth, to and from Egypt; and later following her Son on the Way of the Cross were painful experiences. There must have been times when she felt overwhelmed.
At the finding in the temple St. Luke says: “When his parents saw him they were astonished…they did not grasp what he said to them….His mother meanwhile kept all these things in memory” (Lk 2). Clearly, Mary could be perplexed by the actions of her Son.
When I am perplexed or troubled, Lord, remind me that your own mother has gone before me and is with me now.