The Annunciation by John Scott

The Annunciation

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou has found favour with God” (Luke 1:26-30).

Long before Gabriel appeared to Mary, her destiny had been prophesied and her name known.  Upon the angel’s arrival, and learning of her divine role as the mother of the “Son of the Highest” (Luke 1:32), Mary inquired as to how this calling to give birth to Jesus would be conceivable, “seeing I know not a man?” (Luke 1:34). The heavenly visitor explained the wondrous miracle to take place and though unparalleled in magnitude to anything she could have anticipated, Mary replied in readiness, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

“As we think of women whose righteous influence ripples through eternity, let us consider Mary, the “precious and chosen vessel” (Alma 7:10).  Presented by an angel with an unprecedented, holy pronouncement, she graciously submitted to the will of the Lord… Her faith, obedience, and humility set a standard for all women.” (footnote: Jensen, Virigina U., “Ripples,” General Conference, Oct 2000.)

Additional reading: “Mary, His Mother