Advent reminds us to obey.
Gabriel approaches Mary during the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy.
Mary is a virgin engaged to a descendant of David.
Mary is “favored” by God BEFORE she the immaculate conception.
The promise of Christ’s divine and Davidic kingdom.
Mary’s question (“How?”) arises from a place of curious submission – not skeptical doubt.
Gabriel answers Mary with references to God’s power.
Mary obediently accepts this heavy honor with a graceful dignity.
Mary needs community, so she goes to see Elizabeth.
Elizabeth and John worship God.
Mary worships God.