Sensing that Mary was overwhelmed, the angel stopped speaking, giving her time to process all she was hearing.
Mary came out of her daze, and broke the silence. “But how is all this possible? I am a virgin, and have never been with a man. How can I be pregnant?”
Gabriel replied, “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.
And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.”
Mary gasped. “My great-aunt, the oldest living member of our family: pregnant? How can that be?”
The angel said, “Nothing will be impossible with God.”
The angel continued, “I don’t know how all this works. I don’t why the Lord has chosen you. But you are being called to God’s work of lifting the lowly, feeding the hungry, uniting the separated, and giving hope to the forgotten. In the name of the Lord God, I invite you to accept this mission. I cannot compel you to accept it; the choice is yours.”
Lord, make us part of your work of raising up the poor, healing divisions, being attentive to the powerless, and providing the necessities of life to all your children. Amen.