And she sits inside the starlight/Knowing that He is a king/But to her he’s still her baby/ And she looks upon her King now/And she worries for her son.
-And She Worries For Her Son by Carol Barrington and Larry Hogan, 1975
As a teenager, a friend shared that she had seen a picture of Mary in her mind. This picture was slightly unusual, because Mary was trying to get out of the way! She was pointing to someone else-her Son, Jesus. This remains for me a reminder of Mary’s role: to show us the way to Jesus. Mary’s humanity shines through for me. She is the mother who “worries for her son” and who puts her faith in God-even when she does not really understand what is happening.