The angel Gabriel proclaimed Mary, the mother of our Lord, to be the favored one and the Scriptures tell us, "She was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be."
That seems like an odd reaction. One would understand her being frightened at seeing an angel. But what is one to make of her being frightened of being called favored?
Was her fear because Mary understood from the Scriptures that all whom God favored were also those who went through great trials and through great sorrow?
Who was more favored than King David? Yet read his piteous laments in the Psalms. And Joseph, the glorious, honored and weeping son of Jacob; And Moses, friend of God, burdened with the wandering multitude of malcontents.
"Woman, behold your son," said the Lord Jesus. Mary beheld her son: beaten, scorned, spat upon and high and lifted up as the Almighty Conqueror of Sin and Death.