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Here Am I, Servant

It’s one of the most familiar of all biblical stories, one that has been celebrated in countless well-loved works of art: the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she is to bear a child who will be savior of the world.  Luke’s account also sets up the story that immediately follows: as the angel informs Mary that her aged kinswoman Elizabeth is likewise expecting a child.  Mary responds in obedient humility, using words reminiscent of the great prophets’ response to their divine calling: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (v. 38).