"Nothing is impossible for God." 



In the sixth month God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary.  She was engaged to Joseph from the family of King David.  The angel greeted Mary and said, "You are truly blessed!  The Lord is with you."

Mary was confused by the angel's words and wondered what they meant.  Then the angel told Mary, "Don't be afraid!  God is pleased with you, and you will have a son.  His name will be Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of God Most High.  The Lord God will make him king, as his ancestor David was.  He will rule the people of Israel forever, and his kingdom will never end."

Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen?  I am not married!"

The angel answered, "Thy Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God's power will come over you.  So your child will be called the holy Son of God.  Your relative Elizabeth is also going to have a son, even though she is old.  No one thought she could ever have a baby, but in three months she will have a son.  Nothing is impossible for God!"

Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant!  Let it happen as you have said."  And the angel left her.

A short time later Mary hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea.  She went into Zechariah's home, where she greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, her baby moved within her.

The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth.  Then in a loud voice she said to Mary:

God has blessed you more than any other woman!  He has also blessed the child you will have.  Why should the mother of my Lord come to me?  As soon as I heard your greeting, my baby became happy and moved within me.  The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.

Mary said:

With all my heart
       I praise the Lord,
and I am glad
       because of God my Savior.
God cares for me,
       his humble servant.
From now on,
all people will say
       God has blessed me.
God All-Powerful has done
great things for me,
       and his name is holy.
He always shows mercy
to everyone
       who worships him.
The Lord has used
       his powerful arm
to scatter those
       who are proud.
God drags strong rulers
       from their thrones
and puts humble people
       in places of power.
God gives the hungry
       good things to eat,
and sends the rich away
       with nothing.
God helps his servant Israel
and is always merciful
       to his people.
The Lord made this promise
       to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his family

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months.  Then she went back home.

                                                                                         Luke 1:26-56

Contemporary English Version The Holy Bible (New York , NY: American Bible Society 1995)