Ignatian Reflections

"Let him desire and seek nothing except the greater praise and glory of God our Lord as the aim of all he does. For every one must keep in mind that in all that concerns the spiritual life his progress will be in proportion to his surrender of self-love and of his own will and interests."

St. Ignatius of Loyola, SJ

“May it be done to me according to your word.”

by Anne Hansen

Today we hear once again the story of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary with startling news, disturbing news no doubt, for a young girl. Yet, Mary’s response was straightforward, “May it be done to me according to your word.” There was no questioning, no bargaining, just acceptance.


Mary was asked by God to carry and give birth to Jesus, the long awaited Messiah. To truly grasp the significance of the event is an act of faith: God, the Almighty, the Creator, born to live among God’s people not as a king or great ruler but as the son of a regular couple, in a family that might have resembled your family or mine. This reveals a God who understands us and our human foibles.


We are invited every day, just as Mary was invited, to carry Christ within and to bring Christ forth into the world. Our interactions, our decisions, hold the potential of reflecting Christ. What this means will depend on the circumstances of life. A young mother or father may be called to greater patience. An older adult may be called to find moments of gratitude as he or she cares for an ageing parent. Whatever the situation God is present offering strength and peace. Our response, just like Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel, makes the difference.

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