St Hildegarde of Bingen wrote: ‘Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I “A feather on the breath of God”’.

So it was also with the Blessed Mother of God. There was nothing to weigh her down in following the will of the Lord, nothing to obstruct her obedience; and so she could fly free, free for whatever the Lord willed.

May the same be true of us; sinners we are, but seeking to respond always to the mercy and goodness of God, which comes down to the lowest point of our need, as Julian of Norwich said. May God bless you this day and keep you close to Himself.