Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Gospel for Dec. 20, Lk 1:38)
Mary’s fiat, her “yes” to the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, models perfect discipleship. It was a total acceptance of and submission to the will of God. What faith and trust our Blessed Mother exemplified! Because Mary unreservedly said yes to God, Jesus became man in order to redeem the world from sin. God worked wonders in her life and the world through her trust in him. May each of us strive to place our unconditional trust in the will of God, so that he may work wonders in our own lives.
Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:
This month, I challenge you set up a Nativity scene in your home and pray before it, meditating on Mary’s fiat. Second, I challenge you to join with your brother Knights in the Faith in Action Keep Christ in Christmas program to help your parishes and communities celebrate the Son of God and Son of Mary.
Questions for Reflection:
Looking back over your life, are there things that happened that you didn’t understand at the time, but later saw that God was at work? Are there currently things in your life God is asking you to answer fiat to? How can the life of Mary help you to better understand how to submit your will to God’s?