Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mary's Fiat

One of my summer reads is a great book by Edward Sri. 

He is a nationally known Catholic speaker and is the author of several Catholic books.  He also is a founding leader, with Curtis Martin, of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and is a professor of theology and scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado

Nestled in the first few pages is a reference to New Testament scholar Francis Moloney. Here in the first few pages he emphasizes that Mary’s faith was not completed at the Annunciation with her “fiat”—her “yes” to God’s call for her to become the mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:38). Moloney explains that Mary’s assent had to be repeated over and over again as she watched her son grow from a child into a man: 
Mary’s Fiat did not lift her out of the necessary puzzlement, anxiety and pain which often arises [sic] from the radical nature of the Christian vocation. Despite her remarkable initiation into the Christian mystery, she still had to proceed through the rest of her life, “treasuring in her heart” the mysteries revealed to her, never fully understanding, but patiently waiting for God’s time and God’s ultimate answer.