"You are the highest honor of our race." Jdt 13:18
Comparisons are usually odious. They make for winners and losers, and while this is perfectly acceptable in sport and other contests, comparisons between and among people leads to envy, resentment and occasionally violence. Unfortunately, our political system in the United States is an unfortunate example of this. So consumed with winning and losing battles over legislation, our Congress has lost its way, and the people who most depend upon government for work, help and a sense of stability are the losers.
When the scriptures remind us that Mary is the greatest of humans, they are not comparing her to anyone, but are honoring her as first among all. Mary, the mother of Jesus and God, has been such a consolation to people through the centuries that many could not imagine life without her protection and guidance, and this is particularly true in the developing world.
Today, ask Mary to guide you to her Son.
Is there an image or story of Mary that inspires you and strengthens your faith?