When we first read this passage we hear and see the excitement of the coming of Christ into the world. The power and the awe of God’s angel appealing! The fear and courage of listening to the angel’s words. The excitement of being the chosen one to be the mother.
We are control freaks – we like having control, especially about us. We like to bury ourselves in our Disciple heritage and talk about laity leadership. And all of that is well and good with people dealing with people. However, God is not democratic at all.
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.