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The pearl of great price

God examined all of human history, found the pearl of great price, picked it up and polished it so that it shone with a divine sparkle. That pearl was Mary. The polishing began with bestowing the unique privilege of being conceived without original sin, giving her the privilege of being the mother of his son, Jesus, and asking her to share with him the role of redemption. Her obedience, even to the point of suffering internally as she watched her son suffer and die, yet not excluding even his tormentors from her merciful love, was her response to God, her “let it be done!”

God challenged the judgment of Moses’ brother and sister in Numbers 12, which declares that Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth. Miriam, in particular, was struck with a metaphorical sign of sanctity, white leprosy, a biblical sign of God’s gift to Mary.

Did it not speak to us of what God saw in Mary? Is she not the most meek and humble and loving of all humanity in all of human history, and therefore judged by God to be uniquely worthy?

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