“Heres to hope...that one of you wiser-than-mes can explain what the angel meant when he told Mary she was blessed among women. Or for that matter, what Jesus meant when he said Why do you call me good? Only God is good.”
Ummm... it means... blessed... art thou... among women?
It does not say “MORE BLESSED” so, therefore, “start praying to her, because she works with the Holy Spirit for your SALVATION.”
Christians who have never seen Christ are blessed:
Joh_20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Blessed are forgiven sinners:
Rom_4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Those who have faith are blessed with Abraham:
Gal_3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Blessed are they who hear the word of God and obey it:
Luk_11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Blessed are we when men hate and revile us:
Luk_6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
I could go on...
“Or for that matter, what Jesus meant when he said Why do you call me good? Only God is good.”
He meant that only God is good, and therefore, Mary cannot be holy, immaculate, and so on and so forth, because she isn’t God. Jesus IS God, of course.
Ummm...."among" implies comparison. As to the why-call-him-good, it's a fine example of a statement we... ought... not... to take... at... face... value.