‘May it be done to me according to your word’

Dear Helias Catholic family,

Just four days ago we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Throughout Advent I have found myself focusing more and more on Mary.  Mary, who was born full of grace and free from original sin. Mary, who upon encountering the angel Gabriel with the news that she would give birth to a son and name him Jesus asks how this could be. Gabriel tells Mary that “nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” What faith Mary had! What trust in God’s call!

I can’t help but think of my own mother when I think of Mary. My mom died 27 years ago when she was 68 years old. Twenty-seven years is a long time, yet my memories of my mom are as strong as ever. My mom loved her family and the Church. My mom was a generous and loving person who was always ready to answer God’s call. My mom had a special devotion to our Blessed Mother. I am sure many of us can see similarities between our own moms and Mary.  

The last two weeks of Advent are focused on waiting for the birth of Jesus. I wonder what the experience of waiting for the birth of her son was like for Mary — traveling, seeking a place to settle down so she could have her baby, being met with no room at the inn, perhaps feeling desperate and scared? Wondering what God was asking of her? What we know is that Mary remained steadfast and faithful.  Mary’s focus was on her baby and not on herself. In moments of distress, Mary’s faith was as strong as ever. “May it be done to me according to your word.”

Perhaps as you take some time to reflect on Mary this week, you too will be blessed with memories of your own mother. May our Blessed Mother intercede on our behalf to her son, Jesus, asking Him for His blessing on each one of us this Advent.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you!

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.


John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

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In this blog, Helias Catholic President John Knight and guest writers share updates about ongoing work to advance Helias Catholic High School’s mission to provide excellence in Catholic education and vision to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ. Please send responses, ideas, questions and friendly greetings to Mr. Knight at jknight@heliascatholic.com.