…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. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 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. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 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. 36 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. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 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.
There’s ongoing backlash right now on social media singling out the Christmas song, “Mary did you know?” We tend to build a picture of Mary, mother of God, as a young teenage mom who’s hapless and timid. But the pictures we read about her are the opposite. She receives her news with surprise, but immediately comprehends the magnitude.
“Here am I….” she declares. Later in verse 46 we read her prophetic song traditionally called The Magnificat.
Mary is a mother, prophet, and faithfully alert to the size of her calling.
Reflect on how you can be more like Mary in your own life. Think of the places and spaces you can respond in faithfulness to God’s call in your life.