"He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
As if it wasn't enough that an angel appeared, spoke and told Mary she would have a baby; now she is told that this same baby will be the greatest of all babies, God himself. There's nothing like reassuring a girl when she's in shock is there.
Let's look at the words themselves.
"He will be called the Son of the Most High"
Mary would have known that the Most High was referring to God, this would have been clear to her. Suddenly the task she was being given would have been increased exponentially. No longer was this a task, it was a mission and a half.
"The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end"
As part of a Jewish family Mary would have known, as part of her basic religious knowledge, that the house of David is the line of royalty and from which all rulers of the people of Israel came. She would have realised that this mission was to carry and birth the next King of her people. The King!
Let's take ourselves back into our own imaginings again; we are Mary, visited by an Angel, told we will have a miraculous pregnancy and now that the boy born will be the next king of our race. This is like being told that a spaceship will fly down from the sky, land in the back garden and require us to be the translators for the entire human race.
Do you fancy that task?How would you feel?
Prayer for the day
Father of all you tasked Mary with the greatest task on Earth, you trusted her to carry out your precious mission and never fail along the way. We feel so humbled as we journey with Mary and are reminded that we each have our own missions for you. As we journey we ask for your reassurance and strength. Amen.