Today Catholics all around the world honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus. In our faith tradition, Mary took a huge step of faith with her ‘yes’ to God’s request through Angel Gabriel. She risked death (they stoned pregnant-out-of-wedlock women back then) but she said yes to God, anyway.
Despite her fears, despite not knowing how her betrothed, Joseph, would take it.
She said, ‘yes.’ Let it be so. Let it be as You have said.
She trusted God, completely, and moved forward by faith letting her yes become Love incarnate within her.
At early church this morning, our Deacon said, “God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called.”
Something to think about!
Here’s an inspiring song from musician Sarah Hart (of whom I have written previously, click here to read about her) that has blessed me tremendously. During an 8-day silent retreat two years ago I played it over & over, the words melted tough stuff in my mind & opened up my heart to God’s healing graces.
Sarah Hart, Let it Be So (from her “This Winter’s Eve’ compilation.)
Taking Mary’s example to heart, may we offer up “Let it be so” to God’s nudging in our lives, opening our hearts wider that God’s Heavenly paintbrushes (& chisels) may mold & shape us into works of Divine Art, where somehow, someway, God’s Light may shine through us today.
This Madonna & Child picture, acquired in Jerusalem, has been on my wall for years as a reminder of God’s Heavenly paintbrushes & Mary’s ‘yes, let it be so.’
grace, peace & open hearts
Virginia : )
This is so beautifully written and honoring to Mary, the mother of our Lord and Savior! The quote, “God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called,” is one that makes you stop and think. What excuse do I give for not serving when He will do it thru me?
Keep writing, Sis!! 💗
Thanks for your encouragement, Cin! Mary’s faith & trust & openness & willingness inspire us all. I really liked that quote (took a bit of effort to remember @ 7:00AM church!) because ‘getting qualified’ is a life-long journey of daily saying ‘yes’ to God. Lots of 💜! ✨🌷✨🌟✨🌷✨
Amen The Patroness of the United States needs to shower grace upon her people – we need it.
Sue, I like imagining the scene in Cana where Mary told Jesus, “they have no wine.” Even though He told her it wasn’t yet His time, she had faith to tell the servers, “do what He tells you.” And so they filled the jars with water as He asked. I like to think that our prayers are filling the jars – so Jesus can transform them into wine for His Kingdom. Blessings & hugs! ✨🍷✨🙏✨🌟✨🙏🍷✨
When I think about the immediate response from Mary…. I am in awe. Just imagining being told that she was to bear God’s son! Diane
Nothing is impossible with God – Mary believed & walked by faith trusting God, from miracle to miracle & all the way to the foot of the Cross. Much love! 💜🌟💜🌟💜
Thanks, Virginia. The example of how Mary humbly sought to be obedient to the Lord is something that many Protestants do not sufficiently embrace. Thank you this post!
Clarke, Mary’s humble ‘let it be as you have said’ is an example for us all. Imagine her at the foot of the Cross, flash-backing to Angels, shepherds, wise-men bearing gifts & the miracles of Jesus – & yet she stood, sorrowfully, as Jesus was crucified. Let it be. As we stand sometimes not understanding, but needing to say, ‘Lord let it be as You will, not as I will…’ Blessings & hugs!! ✨🙏✨🌟✨🙏✨
“Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee….”
…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus…” ✨💜✨🌹✨🌟✨🌹✨💜✨