Mary’s Fiat changed the course of our entire history. Her great ‘Yes’ made all things new. The word ‘fiat’ in Latin means, ‘let it be’. As the angel appears to Mary informing her of the great yet frightening news, she responds with “Fiat, let it be done to me as you say.” Talk about trusting God. We can look at many great figures in both the Old and New Testament, yet with Mary we can never say enough about her bravery and courage to trust God.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen beautifully describes the Blessed Mother as the moon: “God who made the sun, also made the moon. The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun.” The radiant light of Jesus, as the ‘Sun’ is further understood by the light of His mother, Mary. By Mary giving birth to Jesus – God made flesh – she also gave birth to all of us. And with Mary witnessing her Son’s unbearable death on the cross, she also gave life to all of us, making her the Mother of all. We must recognize that Mary had a significant role in the story of salvation – her willingness to say ‘Yes’ which led to her agony in watching her Son’s crucifixion, with trust in God’s relentless love for mankind, shows us her courage to carry a heavy burden, to bear the pain of a sword that pierced her own soul (Lk 2:35). Words will not suffice when you begin to describe Mary, who titled herself ‘the handmaid of the Lord’, yet the angel Gabriel gave her the title of ‘full of grace’. “As she formed Jesus in her body, so she forms Jesus in our soul” (Fulton Sheen). Our Mother – the Mother of the Church – guides us to her divine Son.