My friend Maria sent me a lovely CD set recently – Mysteries, by Danielle Rose. The two discs have a total of 23 songs, each prompted by one of the Mysteries of the Rosary. While there are a number of songs that move me, the one that touches me most deeply, titled Let if Be Done Unto Me, tells the story of the Annunciation from the perspective of the Angel Gabriel.
The song reminds us that it was for Mary to choose to say yes. When the angel sets forth God’s request,
all the heavens and the earth
stand still in silence,
Waiting for her soul to reply.
She is free to choose –
God never will abuse the sacred Yes;
she cannot be denied.
As it was true for Mary, so it is always true for us. God invites and we are free to choose. God asks but will never force a Yes from us.
The first words uttered by Mary when she first hears of God’s request are a question: “Shall I touch the sky with these small hands?” And that too, I think, is something we share with Mary. Our initial reaction is sometimes, “Me? You’re not serious. You can’t want this from me. I’m too….sinful…weak…impatient…unworthy….” What fills in that blank is different for each of us, but we share the sense that there is something that makes our hands too small to touch the sky.
But Mary overcame the doubt, the fear, the anxiety that her hands were too small. Yes, she said, let it be done unto me. And with that yes, “what was impossible is now a possibility.”
Like Mary, let us have the grace to respond to God’s invitation by saying, “Let it be done unto me.”