Today is the feast day of Mary's parents, Sts. Joachim and Anne. Such lovely people, to have raised such a holy and radically loving little girl ... and then offer her back to God, to use as He sees fit.
Could they ever have imagined what God had in store? Probably not.
And when they heard from her lips what the angel had announced as God's intention, did they immediately believe her? One can only hope so ... Scripture is silent on the subject.
St. Joachim and St. Anne, you were given a Treasure in your old age that became the vessel of God's only Son, the Messiah prophets had long foretold. Pray for us, when we offer ourselves back to God, and He chooses the unexpected path. Pray for us, as you must have prayed for your daughter, that God's will would take root and blossom inside us, transforming us from the inside out.