Happy Friday everyone! Today again is hosted by the lovely Carol and I am very excited about her post. It’s amazing as always, love you Mamma Mary and Carol too!
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
As most of our readers know, Alyssa and I met while serving at Maggie’s Place together in Arizona. Each of the homes has a patron saint and is named accordingly. Our home was The Michael House, for St. Michael the Archangel.
When I interviewed at Maggie’s Place I was intrigued by the name of the main administrative office: The Fiat House. When I inquired about the name, one of the staff explained that “fiat” was the word used by Mary when she said yes to being the mother of Jesus, the mother of God.
This concept of Fiat has taken up a special place in my heart during my time at Maggie’s Place and afterwards as well. I’m reminded of Mary saying yes to God’s will in her life and how I am called to do the same.
Each of us is called in a particular way to say yes to God. This may be as a parent, a graduate student, an accountant, a lay minister, or a nutritionist. For whatever God calls us to with our lives, it is always for His service in bringing Jesus into the world, as Mary did through her Fiat.
(This post was composed in honor of the Feast of the Annunciation which we celebrated on March 25 – nine months prior to Christmas.)