It’s not my tradition, but thousands of people worldwide down the ages pray to Mary or ask her to pray for them.
I am starting to put together some ideas for an Advent themed meditation and was thinking about how Mary felt a few weeks into her nine month wait after the exhilaration of the angel’s visit had worn off and the physical reality of pregnancy started to kick in.
The verse from Isaiah 43 came to mind:
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”
I find myself wanting to pray that these words come to her mind and are a comfort to her. People ask so much of her; can’t we offer something for a change?
The concept raises all sorts of issues about time and eternity. People whose thinking is firmly rooted in earthbound chronological time will say it is impossible for now to influence the past and part of me agrees; the same part that says that parallel lines never meet. But parallel lines never meet on a flat plane which is the context in which Euclid was thinking. They do meet on a curved surface; lines of longitude meet at the poles.
A lot of what is or isn’t possible depends on the context. If you believe, as I do, that earth is but a raindrop in the sea of heaven, then time is but a raindrop in the sea of eternity. And what is impossible within our context of time can perfectly well be possible elsewhere in eternity.
I’m not in the habit of prying to Mary but I think I might pray for her. How about you?