When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, angels announced the good news to shepherds in the surrounding countryside. St Luke tells us that they went to see Jesus and found him with Mary. It is significant that the first people to find the Incarnate God on earth found him with Mary.

Again St Matthew tells us that when the wise men from the East came to Bethlehem to find Christ and adore him they found him with Mary, his mother. Mary's unique role in the whole story of Christianity was to bring Christ to mankind.

When the world recognises her for what she is, it will recognise Christ also, for what he is. This helps us to understand why devotion to Mary is so important to Catholics.