Mary: The Blessed One

Read Luke 1:26-56

Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary

“Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.” If I had been Mary, I’d have been a lot more than just confused and disturbed. Imagine looking up from what you were doing only to see an angel of the Lord standing there. My first question would be, “who are you?” It had to be shocking to have a strange man, Gabriel, standing there.

Gabriel sensed Mary’s fear all right. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!” Finding favor with God–now that sounds great. Don’t we all want to please God? What thoughts do you think were going through Mary’s head about now? I would have wondered what had I done that was so special.

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