Advent Reading from Sunday, December 16 - Luke 2:15-20
I have to believe that Mary was chosen for this incredible responsibility partly because of her humility.
While many (maybe even most) people in her position would make an announcement to everyone they know, 'You are not going to believe this, but I am going to be the mother of the Messiah...', Mary simply "treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart".
The shepherds went away and spread the word. Mary quietly meditated on this amazing world-changing event... the birth of her son - the Messiah.
I feel that some Christian groups have taken their thoughts of Mary a bit too far (I don't think God ever intended that we pray to her), but I have to say that I have great respect for her.
She serves as a great example of how to respond to a calling from God that carries with it much responsibility.