Privileged at birth
Mary is praised with many titles,
Immaculate Conception is one of them,
and often we don’t know their full meaning.
Her names of praise are remembered
because she was the mother of Jesus,
and lived through her life
the love and call of God
in a way that was unusual.
A women of faith who believed
that her son was God when he was dying on the cross;
A woman of trust
who believed in God’s promise to her
even when Jesus seemed the weakest of human beings;
A woman of hope
as she carried her dead Son’s body to the tomb.
And who was not surprised when he appeared to her later,
for she believed that he would rise from death
as God had promised and Jesus had said,
though she might not have known how he would rise.
Mary, girl and woman
of faith which gave her roots,
of hope which gave her courage,
of love which made life worthwhile.
Because of the depth
of her faith and hope,
and the brightness, of love in her soul,
we know that at the moment of birth
she was privileged with grace
and we can say Immaculate Conception.
(Reproduced with thanks from Carrick on Shannon Parish Bulletin)