“Let it be…”
Mary’s response to the surprising and disconcerting announcement that she was to be the mother of the Lord was a simple “Let it be so for me – as you have said.”
So simple and yet so difficult. But remembering God’s great love it may become easier.
Last week, during my retreat, I prayed the contemplation on the incarnation in Ignatius Spiritual Exercises.
The Trinity looking down on the earth – on all its people – and see us all, in our sin and suffering. They say, “Let Us work the redemption of the Human race.”
And “The Word becomes flesh” in the womb of a young woman in Nazareth.
God’s love is so great, wishing us healing and heaven – in love, willing our healing.
As I prayed, I thought of all the people throughout the world whom God looks upon with love – including me.
When we begin to realize this, we can say yes to God.
When we realize that God loves us and has our well-being in mind, it becomes easier to pray the prayer that ends Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises:
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my intellect, and all my will
—all that I have and possess.
You gave it to me: to Thee, Lord, I return it!
All is Yours, dispose of it according to all Your will.
Give me Your love and grace,
for this is enough for me.
Mary gave God all, recognizing God’s love.
Can I too say yes to God’s love?