We could take guesses as to Mary’s reaction to the appearance of Gabriel. Artists have her praying, or working, not walking. One thing they agree on is in seeing her as alone when she heard the words, “Hail full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
I have a friend who never married. There was one time when a man proposed to her, but she thought he was talking to someone behind her. That has me wondering if the sixteen-year-old Mary might have asked, “Who me?”
She would have been pleased to hear the angel telling her she had found favor with God.
But when he said that she would conceive she stopped him. “
How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
It was enough for her when the angel said the Holy Spirit would over shadow her, and she took it calmly when he explained that the child would be called the Son of the Most High. It was as though that son had taken shape in her heart before he began taking shape in her womb. The deep love that would take her to the foot of the cross already had her whispering to her son under her breath.
Having got everything straight, Mary was queenly in dismissing God’s messenger, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. ”