34″How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.” 38″I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Commentary: The Hebrew does not actually say “virgin”, but rather “I have not known a man”. That makes the angel’s answer, that God will “overshadow” Mary, with the sense of being hidden by a shadow, a little more direct. No one doubted that Elizabeth’s baby was by John, but God is going to “hide” Mary in the shadow since she does not yet have a husband. Could it be that the Divine concern was not Mary’s physical state, but how she would be viewed by society?
To Ponder: Mary asks a logical and rational question of the angel. She never argues with him, as most teenagers, in any age, would have likely done. If you had been Mary, what would you have asked?
Have you ever had an experience that seemed to contradict natural law?
Mary accepted the angel’s message. Would you have accepted it? Have you ever wrestled with God over an outcome that you did not want?