As we draw close to Christmas we turn our attention to two women, Mary and Elizabeth. They will be the mothers of Jesus and of John the Baptist. Mary has heard of the news that Elizabeth is expecting to give birth soon and promptly goes to visit her. Elizabeth is capable of sharing in the joy of Mary and declares her blessed. Before todays’ Gospel reading the angel Gabriel had come to Mary in Nazareth to announce to her that she would be the mother of the Messiah (Lk 1:26-38). As a sign that God had already intervened she was referred to her cousin Elizabeth who was to give birth in three months’ time (Lk 1:5-25). When she had finally understood that it was God who was going to be the first actor in her life she responded: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.” God usually intervenes in ways that we do not suspect. Elizabeth and Zechariah were both old and nobody would have suspected that they would still have children (Lk1:7), yet they were going to be the parents of John who would prepare the way for Jesus. Mary and Joseph were a young couple who dreamt of their life together, of the children they would have and the home they wanted to build. However, God intervened in their lives before they could even get organized. This Gospel shows us how to respond to the interventions of God in our life. Mary sets out on a journey that is more than just a physical journey; it is also a spiritual journey. As Christians we can be easily content with the way things have always been, instead of the way that the Lord is leading us.