In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee (also part of modern Israel). He had a message for a girl named Mary, who was engaged to marry a man named Joseph (7).

The angel came to Mary and said, “I offer you peace. God loves you and has greatly blessed you.” This message was confusing to Mary; she didn’t understand what blessing the angel was referring to.

So the angel said to her, “Don’t worry, Mary.  God is showering you with his great grace. You will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great, and he will be called the son of God. God will make him a king, like your ancestor David was.  Jesus will be the king of the children of Israel forever; his kingdom will never end.”


“How can this be, since I’m a virgin?” Mary asked.  The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you with the power of God. Your child will be called the son of God.

“Remember your relative Elizabeth? Everybody thought she couldn’t have children because she was too old, but she’s already six months pregnant. God can do anything!”

“I am God’s servant,” said Mary. “If this is God’s will for me, then this is my will, too.”

And the angel left Mary.


(7) Luke 1:26-38