In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
From Donna Madison
The Sunday of the Annunciation
There are few scriptures as amazing and mesmerizing as “The Annunciation”. Gabriel appears and assures Mary that she has nothing to fear. He then tells her she is to the bear the “Son of the Most High.”
Why did God choose Mary, an ignorant, uneducated, poverty stricken fourteen-year-old? Mary asked none of these or any other questions, but her response was immediate and positive. God makes an impossible announcement, and Mary doesn’t have to think twice. She just says yes. It’s hard to believe that Mary was really human, a poor teenager, but she was, as God tends to call the most unlikely of followers.