It’s safe to assume Mary had no previous angel sightings [before Gabriel’s announcement that she would bear the Messiah]. Luke does not comment on her response to the angel’s presence but to the angel’s greeting, “The Lord is with you” (1:28). . . . Gabriel does not tell her that she needs to go somewhere to find God or that she has to pray so often for so many days to experience God. The angel simply proclaims God’s presence in Mary’s life, even in Nazareth. This angelic salutation perplexes Mary, and she ponders these words.
—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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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.
—Luke 1:26-29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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