Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word. (Lk 1:38)
In Redemptoris Mater (n.13), Pope John Paul II emphasized the will of the Father as it concerned Mary’s “full submission of intellect and will,” in order to grant the desire of Jesus and accomplish God’s divine plan.
St. John Paul II wrote: “The Father of mercies willed that the consent of the predestined Mother should precede the Incarnation…This fiat of Mary – “let it be to me” – was decisive, on the human level, for the accomplishment of the divine mystery…The mystery of the Incarnation was accomplished when Mary uttered her fiat: “Let it be to me according to your word”, which made possible, as far as it depended upon her in the divine plan, the granting of her Son’s desire” [emphasis mine].
“Yes” is the key to fulfilling God’s will.
Created to Participate
It would be contrary to Love if our good, good Father forced us to cooperate with His grace.
God’s perfect love is invitation. Our fiat is love freely given to God in return.
God does not need us to accomplish His divine plan though, as we learn in the Incarnation, He desires our full submission of intellect and will – our loving consent and cooperation – as participators in the fulfillment of His divine plan.
The Blessed Mother is par excellence the perfect disciple of the Divine Will. We look to Mary as her sons and daughters to know what God can do through us when we say yes to His plan.
God is Limitless
We learn from Mary, that given our fiat, our own limitations will never deter the Creator of heaven and earth from accomplishing what He wills even though we fall short of grasping God’s plan with our own understanding. We need only trust and say yes.
Lord, I give you my will. Give me your Divine Will in return.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us when a uniquely created, predestined, teenage girl said yes – “Let it be to me according to your word.”
Like Mary, we are each lovingly and uniquely created and called to give flesh to Jesus and be a living proclamation of the greatness of the Lord.
We are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms and dads, brothers and sisters. We are His hands. We are His feet. We are His eyes. We are His mouth. We are His love.
Trust and say yes to whatever God desires of you and He will, as it is said, do the rest.
I am all yours, my Mother, my Queen, and all that I have is yours. Give me your heart, O Mary!
© 2023 Brian Kravec
Brian is a cradle Catholic, husband and father. He’s a writer, speaker, and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Possibility Productions, a 501(c)(3) faith event evangelization apostolate in service of the Body of Christ.