[quote=monina]I recently heard a protestant theologian make a comment on national radio regarding Catholic teaching on Mary’s “fiat”.
He claims that since “fiat” means *a legally binding command, *Catholics believe that Mary actually **commanded **God.
I understand that this is absolutely NOT what Catholics believe. A creature, no matter now holy and perfect, could never command the Creator!
But, isn’t this an unfortunate choice of a word to describe Mary’s “let it be done to me”? Why, indeed, do we use the term “fiat” if it means “to command”?
What is unfortunate that people attempt to interpret the bible for their own purposes and do not seek the true word of God. The Gospel according to Luke 1:38. reads “And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” She first acknowledges her low state in life as well as her dedication to the service of God. Gabriel has just finished explaining to Mary that despite her “not knowing man” she will bear the Son of the Most High. She does not say “do this according to my command” but rather she bows in obedience to God’s will and says “be it done to me according to thy word”. This is similar to Christ praying to His Father in the Agony of the Garden, where He concludes “not My will, but Yours be done”.
The words are beautifully written only the interpretation is of base material.