If Michael Phelps is the most decorated Athlete in Olympic history, the Blessed Virgin Mary will be for Christianity. While the Olympic hopefuls trust in human capacity with a little dose of divine intervention, the Virgin Mary in the face of uncertainties, fears and doubts, did the exact opposite. She trusted not in pure human ability but in great faith when she said, “Yes, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to what you say.” Both have rewritten history by making tremendous impact in the lives of people but the huge difference lies in the meaning of the work done. Both have inspired people by breaking world records. However, Mary’s yes was at the heart and soul of every Christian.
Unlike other athletes who went to the podium for the awarding ceremonies, Mary’s coronation didn’t take place instantly. In fact, it took centuries to reflect on her “fiat” and yet, she was remembered for all eternity. She became the epitome of Christian discipleship for her absolute trust and confidence in God. There were no media sensation, no streaming video that covered her exact facial expression and emotional reactions, no technological gadget that recorded her words, no well-wishers or supporters in the grand stand, only a few genuine witnesses who later put them into writing. It was a human event with a magnificent divine intervention. It wasn’t a gold medal but a crown of twelve stars with the serpent trampeled under her feet utterly symbolic of her Queenship. Amen.