Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This celebration provides an opportunity to look closely at the role of Mary in salvation history. Her "yes" to being the mother of the Savior brought immense joy to her life, but it also brought great sorrow as well. I am grateful that she followed the will of God and became the bearer of Jesus.
As family life becomes more and more strained in modern society, we would do well to look toward the Holy Family for guidance and strength. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph faced many challenges and obstacles in their lives. The grief and sorrow that Mary experienced at the time of our Lord's passion and death is beyond my imagination. A mother's heart would certainly break to see her child treated so harshly and unjustly.
Mary has many titles in Catholic tradition. We seek her intercession today utilizing the title of today's feast. Immacualte Heart of Mary--pray for us!