Mary’s is the ultimate birth story. She walked through her life at Jesus’ side, loving him with a real human love and at the same time understanding his divine purpose. She bore the tension of living in perfect joy and complete sorrow as she watched her baby boy become our Redeemer. Mary continues to offer herself as an example of what we can be if we too will open our hearts for him to draw near and dwell in us.
—from the book Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels by Colleen C. Mitchell