The doors of the universe that open to the heart are requested to let somebody in. A humble woman, a mere child, is mistress of the decision... All God has to do is send a messenger, she does not resist, and her soul is wholly ready to receive the astonishing message: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, and you are blessed among women."
Mary, daughter of Joachim and Anne, will weave between earth and heaven the bridge needed for the salvation of all mankind
An angel, two angels rather: which one is the most celestial? Wouldn’t you say that it is the sweet “angel of Nazareth," Mary, daughter of Joachim and Anne, who will weave between earth and heaven the bridge needed for the salvation of humankind? Winged by her desires, Mary doesn’t know what she is expecting, but she definitely counts on Providence. And whatever happens, she is ready, prepared and fitted for it, like the horizon is fitted for the orb of the sky.
"Hail!"... How modest is the attitude of the angel. Christian art presents him bowed down, kneeling, full of respect and admiration before the marvelous creature that is the Virgin Mary. The young elect is overwhelmed (cf. St Luke). An angel can’t astonish another “angel” -- but is such a greeting appropriate for such a humble being? What is the meaning of it? "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord. And behold you will conceive and give birth to a son, and will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of God."
Now the Bread from Heaven asks to be her handcraft
She will weave a body for him and she will give him to us. Her astonishment doesn’t cause Mary to lose her faith in God’s might by which everything is possible. Caught by surprise, she doesn’t envision a miracle right away. She asks: "How will it happen, since I do not know man?" She made a vow to God to remain a virgin for him and God announces motherhood to her. God ought to decide what he wants! She awaits the answer with peace. Her chaste "doubt" is short-lived; this hesitation is enough to bear witness; not enough to present an obstacle to the glorious designs of the Father. The angel has but one thing to do: announce to her an exceptional, superhuman motherhood, since it is true that Mary doesn’t know man. Here is the answer then: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Most-High will overshadow you, and for this reason the newborn Child will be called the Son of God."
We see Mary drawn into herself, completely still, her eyelids lowered as if trying to envelop her soul within, feeling the whole of God's weight, and perceiving through a presentiment immense prospects. "Let it be done according to your word." In an instant, what a change! A minute ago, Mary was tending to her humble household chores: with her own hand she was crushing the wheat, kneading the bread, putting it away in the hutch, and setting the table. Now the Bread from Heaven asks to be her handcraft. She will weave a body for him and she will give him to us. From that pretend reality she moves to the symbolic. What is the symbol here? Is bread man’s true food or is it God instead?
Mary’s fiat accomplishes God’s eternal will
Eve believed the tempting angel. To the announcing angel, the new Eve doesn’t object vain words. The word from above has resounded, the living Word which chose to dwell in her heart. Mary will receive it with simplicity, with faith, with a certain amount of suppressed fear, but above all with deep joy: "I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.”
Did she cry out her response or did she stammer it? For joy, it doesn’t make much difference; penetrated by a wave of sweetness, Mary can’t distinguish any longer between obligation and happiness. "Fiat ! Let it be done. It is the word which accomplishes the eternal will," Dante writes. She who belongs wholly to heaven says "yes" to heaven, not just to offer herself to heaven but rather to receive heaven, to become a heaven and to deserve this title of "Living Heaven" that the Church gave her. The Good News is thus begun. The fire that Christ will bring to our earth finds a docile hearth in Mary. Love acts before it is proclaimed. Ave -- fiat: Here rests all divine history, all the drama that the protagonists express in two words. While the whole Divinity is behind that fiat, we can say that the New Eve says her Fiat on behalf of all people.
By her "yes" Mary engages us all
Through her we say "yes" to the divine plan, for by saying "yes" herself, she gave birth to us. The effect of this acceptation is that Mary will have in her, carnally and spiritually, religious mankind as a whole: both the head and the body. Mary will make her first communion, will receive her confirmation and royal anointing. Later the glory will follow. Suddenly, she enters her role toward everyone: she takes charge of humanity by taking charge of God’s affairs, she adopts the paths of the One who will, by her, enter his work.
She is the heart of humanity, and through her humanity -- being the heart of the world -- she coincides humbly and in a perfect way with God’s heart and desire, by saying "yes," by her love, by her service, and by her mediating efficacy. This is why the communion of saints, united to the Eternal, is of the party. The secret fruit of this divine marriage bears the name Legion, and here we mean the Celestial Legion. The present instant will aptly be called "the plenitude of time," for the center of coordination and expansion of the ages, forward and backward, is, in that instant, and comprises in itself, the eternal age.
The "fiat lux" (Let there be light) of God when he created light, was nothing compared to the new creation that came through Mary’s "fiat"
This great event happened with simplicity and humility. So it is with the changes that affect the earth in the heart of substances, like the making of universes in the heart of nebulous spirals... But Mary’s fiat was stronger than those ever were: not only did it change created relationships, it also established an intimate relationship, and in a sense, a quasi-identity between God and his creature... God’s "fiat lux" of God when he created light, was nothing compared to the new creation which came through Mary’s "fiat."