The gospel of Luke tells us that both Zacharias and Mary received a message from an angel named Gabriel. If you look carefully, both Zacharias and Mary got the same message. Not only did they get the same message but they also both responded the same way. Both Zacharias and Mary responded in doubt and disbelief. When Zacharias responds in doubt, Gabriel silences him for nine months for not believing God. When Mary responds in doubt, Gabriel comforts her and encourages her. It doesn’t seem fair that Mary gets a pass but Zacharias is silenced. Could there be some possible theological ideas about why Mary is comforted and Zacharias is chastised? Listen to this message as we take a deeper look into these events surrounding the birth of Christ.