1 Sam. 2:1-10; Lk. 1:39-57
On the surface of it this story from the Gospel narrative of the events around Jesus’ birth might seem like a small event. We are not given very much detail, not even the name of the town in which Zechariah and Elizabeth lived, only that it was in the hill country of Judea. We are not told how Mary travelled, nor exactly why, only that she went in haste, which may have meant that she went eagerly when she learned of the pregnancy of Elizabeth; and she stayed there for about three months.