We begin at the very beginning of this story–even before John the Baptist was born.

We’re all probably quite familiar with the background: Upon learning that her cousin Elizabeth, in her old age, was with child, Mary rushed to visit her and to help care for her.

Prayerfully read the passage from Luke 1:39-45, imagining this scene between two pregnant women, one just as surprised as the other over the unexpected gift of a child.

You may wish to play this instrumental piece to slow you down and to pace your reading.

What struck you or moved you in the scene?

Take your time contemplating the scene before proceeding to the next page. If you wish, you can wait till the music ends.