The Old Testament reading today is Isaiah’s vision: ‘In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”’

This passage contains Isaiah’s ‘Fiat’, like that of Our Lady, whom we commemorate today: ‘And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”’ Or, as Julian of Norwich would later express it, ‘Lo me here, God’s handmaiden’.

Today, may we make our own ‘Fiat’, our ‘Yes’ to God – and let it be a full and complete surrender. May God bless you in it.