Mary’s greatness is really to be found in this title as the mighty oak tree is found in the tiny acorn.
As Mary said to Elizabeth: The Almighty has done great things for me. The great things done for Mary, and through Mary and in Mary were done on the solid and beautiful foundation of this humble awareness of herself as the lowly handmaid of the Lord.
The Father truly did look on his servant in her lowliness and then proceeded to do great things for her.
Mary’s lowliness actually made the great things possible. All her other titles flow out of this lowliness (filled with grace) and leave it intact. In her own eyes the Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception, the ever-virgin Queen of heaven and earth is still, and always will remain, the lowly Handmaid of the Lord.