This beautiful account of the Annunciation takes place after the announcement made to Zacharias. This announcement made to Mary, the most overwhelming that a human being has received from heaven, does not resemble the announcement made to Zechariah. The context is no longer the Temple, but an insignificant town in Galilee, at the heart of a pagan population. Let us enter into this marvelous dialogue which is established between the angel Gabriel and Mary.
It does not say that the angel enters Mary’s house, the meaning of the text rather invites us to understand that he is in dialogue in Mary’s intimacy, in her deep heart: “Rejoice, you are full of grace, the Lord is with you. And the angel puts her in peace. “Do not be afraid, you will give birth to a son whom you will call by the name of Jesus. And Mary welcomes with faith, humility, availability. In the flesh of Mary the Christ-Messiah takes shape. This does not come from any human project but is done by the action of the Holy Spirit. Mary is traversed by the Word of God: her simple life project, marriage to Joseph, is radically called into question by the irruption of the Living God who chooses her to entrust to her a unique mission in the history of salvation: to be the mother of the Son of God. Mary’s answer seems very simple, she offers the totality of her being to God. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word. Mary’s yes to God’s plan inaugurates the salvation of our humanity.