What do you think the Immaculate Conception sees in us, with her purity of heart and agility of soul and clear vision, I mean, you know, when she’s holding her Divine Son whom we all killed off with our participation in original sin and whatever rubbish we’ve come up with in our lives?
Here’s the deal: she sees that Jesus has redeemed all of us and wants that we also be saved; she sees with all hope and goodness and kindness that her Son is literally deadly serious about getting us to heaven and she wants that we be as deadly serious about following Him to heaven, carrying our crosses, the effects of original sin and our own.
The Immaculate Conception doesn’t dwell on how bad we have been, are, or could be, but rather is in solidarity with her dear Son, and works with Him. And the angels are ready with ultra-prompt-obedience to help us along the Way.
As for me, I just assume (correctly) that everyone is straight out of hell, and then rejoice either that they have learned to become friends with Jesus or are on the way, knowing that Jesus is working on them. Why’s that? Because that’s the way it is with me. I was straight out of hell with my own participation in original sin and whatever other rubbish I’ve come up with on my own. But Jesus has always been working on me and is now.
But, in thanksgiving, what if we have no flowers on hand where we happen to be on any given day to give to the Immaculate Conception? I mean, when I was a little kid, I would make bouquets of anything that happened to be around. So, O.K., on my day off the other day, amidst all the argumentation and guns and FBI, I noted all the elements for just such a bouquet. :-) If you put some of these together it can be quite spectacular. My own mom loved these kind of bouquets altogether. That’s a joy to remember. You have to know that Mary understands are meager attempts to thank her as well:
Oh, and, by the way, does that mean that we shouldn’t reprimand, even severely, those who need reprimanding? Not at all. Just look at the words of John the Baptist and then again Jesus over against the leaders and elders of the people. Shaking people up is sometimes necessary. That’s not mean, or angry, blah blah blah. It’s an expression of goodness and kindness, perhaps not nice, but it is charity.