He Chose You

Holy Mary

The Blessed Virgin.  We all know her name, but how many of us know her story?  She’s not mentioned as much as you might think in the Bible, given her role in Christianity as a whole.  She did, after all, give birth to the Son of God.  But, from the Bible, we can glean much of the situation, and attempt to imagine ourselves in it.

She was young, probably a teenager, which wasn’t unusual for marriage and childbearing in those times.  Can you just imagine?  In your teens, told by a messenger of the Lord himself that you will conceive and bear a child, and not in the usual manner?  How frightening that concept must have been! 

She had questions, and received but one answer, which was that her aunt Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant, despite her advanced age.  So, Mary made the choice to believe God’s angel messenger and simply said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (...

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