How Is Mary’s Question Different? [Akin]

jimmyakin.com/wp-content/uploads/annunciation-mid-300x296.jpgIn Luke 1, the Angel Gabriel appears twice.

First, he appears to Zechariah the priest, to tell him that he will be the father of John the Baptist.

Then, a few verses later, he appears to the Virgin Mary to tell her that she will be the mother of Jesus Christ.

Both Zechariah and Mary ask questions of the angel–but with**very* different results.

Zechariah is rendered mute and unable to speak until John the Baptist is circumcised!

Mary . . . isn’t.

So, what’s the difference?

They both asked questions about the seemingly impossible pregnancies that Gabriel had come to announce?

Why is Zechariah treated so differently?

Is God just playing favorites with Mary?

Or is there a subtle difference between their questions and the attitudes which the questions reveal?

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Hi Cath,

Read a little bit further about Zachariah. The angels says that he doubted, and that’s why he is punished. Mary did not doubt; she asks how it’s going to happen.

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