Mary, in the Gospels, especially in that of St. Luke, is very much a human being. She is not merely a remote model. She is close to us, close to our very human here-and-now experience of life. Mary felt the same emotions that we do and went through trials of many kinds. She could also rejoice from the depths of her heart. Her rejoicing is our rejoicing: “Rejoice, O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you…you have found favor with God….The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy offspring to be born will be called Son of God….Mary said: ‘I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say’” (Lk 1).
The greeting reveals the total self-giving of God in the Holy Spirit. The Father’s love for Mary was intimate and tender. What is said to Mary is said also to us, though in a less exalted measure. Therefore we too can rejoice.
Jesus, you gave your disciples a mother after your own heart. I thank you for your humanness and her humanness. Give me a truly human heart like Mary’s.