By Melodious Monk
Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the Annunciation, a feast that once again comes wholly unexpected at this time of year. In reading the story again, I’m struck by two things. Firstly, this visit from the angel on this March day, not Christmas, is the moment that God entered our world in the flesh; and secondly, on this day that Mary made her famous “fiat” — but she could have said no. While I easily glide over both these events, hardly thinking more than, “of course that happened, the angel came and Mary agreed, and that’s wonderful and amazing and we love her for it!”
But I would do well to take a moment this week to ponder the amazing and multi-layered spiritual events that happened on this day. In his book on saints, Father Alban Butler said this about the feast day: “The world, as heaven had decreed, was not to have a Savior till she had given her consent to the angel’s proposal; she gives it, and behold the power and efficacy of her submissive fiat!”
I see in this statement God giving Mary (and I believe all of us) a choice to say yes. Not a one time offer, but daily, even many times a day we are given “angels’ proposal’s” or choices. I tend to forget that in all situations, I have a choice for or against God. On this feast, Mary’s example reminds us that the Savior will come readily after we say yes.