God’s Word Goes Forth: Spread Tidings of Joy to Everyone
Luke 1:26-38: The angel Gabriel is sent by God to Mary of Nazareth to announce that she is favored by God and chosen to be the mother of God’s Son. The angel tells Mary about Elizabeth’s pregnancy and says that “there is nothing that God cannot do.”
Today's Scripture: Luke 1:32
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was.”
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. 27 He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!” 29 Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. 30 The angel said to her, “Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. 31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, 33 and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end! ” 34 Mary said to the angel, “I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God. 36 Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. 37 For there is nothing that God cannot do. ” 38 “I am the Lord's servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said.” And the angel left her.
Today’s reading takes on the form of a dialogue between the angel Gabriel and Mary of Nazareth. Luke records three reactions on Mary’s part to the angel’s message. How does Mary react when the angel first speaks to her (verse 29)? What does the angel say next (verses 30-33)? What is Mary’s response (verse 34)? How does the angel reassure Mary (verses 35-37)? What does Mary’s final response reveal about her (verse 38)?
Lord God, there is nothing you cannot do. Prepare my heart to be open to receive your Word. Yes, Lord, I am your servant. Order my steps this day. Amen.
Luke 1:39-56: Mary visits Elizabeth and offers a song of praise to God.