The Archangel Gabriel was given the singular honor of
announcing to Mary that she would be the Mother of Jesus:
the Son of God. One can only imagine the depth of pain
and sense of helplessness that Gabriel must have experienced
when confronted with the reality of the Son of God dying
in agony upon a cross. In the midst of the horror of such
a sacrifice, even an archangel might find such "love
astounding" to be beyond comprehension.