“She who is full of grace, the object of God’s pleasure, exalted above all the angels and the saints, lived an ordinary life.
“Mary is as much a creature as we are, with a heart like ours, made for joy and mirth as well as suffering and tears. Before Gabriel communicates to her God’s plan, our Lady does not know that she has been chosen from all eternity to be the mother of the Messiah. She sees herself as a lowly creature. That is why she can acknowledge, with full humility, that ‘he who is mighty has done great things’ for her.”—St Josemaria Escriva, “Cause of Our Joy”, Christ is Passing By.
The words of our Lady, ‘he who is mighty has done great things’ resound across the ages, He has done great things for many, and He continues to do so now. In my own life, I know how much He has done, how much He has been present when there have been doubts, worries, and dark periods. Throughout all of this ordinary life, He has sent messengers of His Love to me. We are told that the angel Gabriel came to our Lady: I believe that some of the people who have come to me during my Life although human, have nonetheless had the character of an angel: a messenger of God.
So today, celebrating our Lady’s ordinariness as well as her extraordinariness, let us praise God and this evening, when saying the Magnificat at Vespers, really thank God for all that He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives.