The Announcement to Mary

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.” (Luke 1:30-33)

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An angel came to Mary, to tell her that she will have a child, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born[c] will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” (Luke Luke 1:35)

Luke also tells us that this announcement takes place 6 months in Elizabeth’s (Mary’s cousin) pregnancy. There are sufficient differences to Mary’s reaction to news of her becoming pregnant and Zachariah’s reaction when an angel tells him that his wife will have a child. Mary seems to accept the news but also be curious as to how this will happen? Zachariah, however responds to the angel saying “How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.” (Luke 1:18) Zachariah is not accepting of the news, as it seems impossible to be true. Mary’s news was also hard to believe, as she was a virgin and had not been with a man. She did not understand how it was possible for her to bear a child as a virgin. “How can this be since I am a virgin” (Luke 1:34) however, her response is more accepting than Zachariah’s response.

This announcement would fulfil a prophecy, known from the book of Isaiah.

Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)  

We know that God chose Mary for this journey. She was an integral part of ‘the word becoming flesh,’ (John1.14) and fulfilling this ancient prophecy.

“Blessed are you, O Mary, because the Son of God has chosen you as His mother!

Blessed are you, O Mary, because of you Adam has been freed!

Blessed are you, O Mary, because you are the glory of nations and the pride of all generations!

(Prayer of Forgiveness)

Christina Maksisi