There has been some discussion about Mary on this blog lately, so I wanted to chime in on how I might would see her. I do not venerate her, but she is blessed. I do think that she was it the supreme example of a disciple that we see in Scripture,
The Virgin Mary has always been proposed to the faithful by the Church as an example to be imitated, not precisely in the type of life she led, and much less for the socio-cultural background in which she lived and which today scarcely exists anywhere. She is held up as an example to the faithful rather for the way in which, in her own particular life, she fully and responsibly accepted the will of God (cf. Lk. 1:38), because she heard the word of God and acted on it, and because charity and a spirit of service were the driving force of her actions. She is worthy of imitation because she was the first and the most perfect of Christ’s disciples. – Paul VI, Marialis Cultus 1974
We are told to be disciples, and yet, more often than not, we are Peter, not Mary, on our way to trying to be Paul. But if we step back and see, faithfully, as the discipleship of Mary, we find a profound love of God, a lack of hesitation in serving Him, and someone whom we should imitate.