Comforter of the Afflicted
Mary is the best of all mothers. Our human mothers, no matter how exceptional, only give us a reflection of the love and concern that Mary has for us. No wonder so many saints and holy people, deprived of their mothers by death or other misfortune, ask Mary to be their own true mother.
Pondering Mary as Comforter of the Afflicted, it seems this role shows us Mary as the intercessor par excellence. When we are drowning in sin, we call to Mary, who helps us to come safely to the shore where we can ask for God's forgiveness anew. Mary comes before God just as Queen Bathsheba entered the presence of King David, reminding him of his promise that their son Solomon would reign as king after him. She is like Esther, approaching God with a mixture of confidence and holy fear. We ask her help, because we know that God will not refuse His mother anything she asks of Him.
Just as children do not always understand what their parents know is best for them, we sometimes become frustrated or angry with Mary. We have an idea of how our prayers should be answered, and if things don't go our way.....!! So we must always have trust in Mary, and through Mary, we have trust in her Son, who will make all things right in ways we cannot begin to imagine.
Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted, intercede for us all during this time of pandemic. Help us to discern what God wants of us, and let us not ignore His guidance.