The angel said to Mary, “Greetings favoured one, the Lord is with you.” Luke 1.28
- “Favoured” can also be translated as “graced”. (“Hail Mary, full of grace,”is the traditional translation of this verse.) Grace is the unearned gift of love, approval and goodwill given by someone with power to someone without it. What do you think Mary might have felt when she heard the angel’s words?
- If Mary remembered these words when she watched Jesus die on the cross, what do you think she might have made of them then? Do you think she still felt “favoured”?
- Have you ever felt favoured (or favourite) Was it a good feeling, or did it bring problems with it?
- Do you feel favoured/graced by God? If so, how?