We are told that angels are sent in the shape of human being. It is also stated that these means are only ways of communication between Almighty Allah and His Prophets. We also learn that Mary was also communicated some messages from God in these ways. Does that mean that she is also a Prophet of God?
We believe that these two means are employed only to communicate to the Prophets of God matters other than the Divine scriptures (which are not revealed through these means.) However it is evident from the Qur'ān that God has been communicated to His creations other than the Prophets. Other example besides Marry is Namal (ant). The statement in the reading should be understood in the light of the above and explanation.