Mary is an icon of human freedom and liberation. Mary is chosen, but she herself also chooses. Luke’s narrative speaks not only of divine initiative but also of human response, setting before us the entire dialectic of grace and freedom. Mary was predestined to be Mother of God, but she was also free.
- Bishop Kallistos in ‘Mary Theotokos in the Orthodox Tradition’ (1997)
Plutarch reports that Antipater wrote a long letter to Alexander the Great denouncing Alexander’s mother, Olympia. After reading the letter, Alexander observed: Antipater does not know that a single tear of my mother is enough to cancel six hundred letters of denunciation.
We may also imagine Jesus giving the same answer to any denunciations made against us by the devil when we have Mary praying for us: Does Lucifer not know that a prayer of My Mother in favour of a sinner is enough to make Me forget all the accusations against him?