Mary, Did You Know

OK, I should really just do more research on this instead of writing it here, but what’s the point of having a blog if you’re not going to use it for meandering wonderings?

In church yesterday, it occurred to me — Did Mary work to fulfill Messianic prophecy? She knew who the child she was carrying was, and certainly would have had access to the Torah through Elizabeth and Zechariah.

Did she go to the City of David because she had to, or because she had to? Did she try to learn more about the prophecies to figure out what was supposed to happen, or did she just let things unfold around her? And does the answer mean anything to us?