I would like to share something that happened to me yesterday evening. My wife and I went to visit an old priest with whom we pray most evenings and we chatted about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
In the middle of our conversation he said, “I thought of something today that I had never realised before in my life. We always think of the Father as becoming involved in the life of Mary from the time when the angel Gabriel is sent to ask her to be the mother of Jesus. But today I understood that the Father was involved in the life of Mary from the very moment of her conception; he prevented her from having the stain of Original Sin.”
My old friend, who is 92, frail, and spends his day thinking about God, had seen something new that delighted him. He went on to say that God surprises us in so many ways. Then he threw in the gem: “Mary was God’s wife you know.”
A very simple way of understanding the relationship between Mary and God, one which many smart people might scorn, but for him this idea summed it up completely. Then he went on to say that God intervenes in so many ways in the life of people that it shall be a great surprise to us when we see how much help God gave us in our lifetime.
I came away thinking to myself that isn’t it wonderful how God can keep on revealing new aspects of his truth to us no matter what age we are.