DECEMBER 17 / LUKE 26-38

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.

Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

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How do you think Mary felt about bearing Jesus before she married? Do you think Mary’s statement, “may everything you have said about me come true,” was spoken with great excitement or with great fear?

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“Lord Jesus, Mary answered the Angel Gabriel’s dangerous invitation to be the Messiah’s single mother by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant.” May we say also, “We are the Lord’s servants” when You ask us to do things that are uncomfortable and dangerous.”

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