When Mary gave her fiat, her “yes,” to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation in her most humble and obedient words, “Let it be done to me as you say” (NAB translation), she, through the grace of God, opened the portal of the heavens for the long-awaited Messiah to come to earth. And it was not simply to enter the human race as an observer, but as a full human being who, at the same time, was the Divine Son of God. She gave her flesh to his human nature.

Jesus, the infant babe born in Bethlehem, was that divine person with a divine nature and a human nature (fully God and fully man). Our God is a God of revelation who truly desires to reveal himself to us. In the fullness of time, He reveals Himself to us to most fully in and through Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son.

Mary was the first to tangibly receive that revelation upon the birth of the Christ child as she held him in her arms and looked into his eyes.

Mary did not know what the future had in store for Him and her but trusting in God she gave a most generous and trusting “yes.” There was much suffering awaiting her, and that was most profoundly felt by her in the experience of the passion of her beloved Son, not merely as an observer, but within the depths of her own broken heart, broken out of love for Him.

We are called to emulate Mary through God’s grace and give our wholehearted “yes” to all that the Lord’s call us to be and do in our personal lives and in the service of His people. The many “fiats” we give to the Lord over the years continue our share of that same witness to God’s love Mary gave.

May you have a blessed and a joyous Christmas!

(Karwacki is pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel.)

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