Gabriel told Mary that she was going to be the mother of the Son of the Most High. Mary asked the announcing angel a question, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” She got her answer and humbly took in all this new information. Young Mary’s wedding plans could have come to a screeching halt when Joseph heard that she was pregnant. But Joseph, after receiving some confirming news in a dream, went forward with the wedding arrangements.
Mary left her hometown, traveled to a town in Judea’s hill country and spent her first trimester with her older cousin Elizabeth who was thrilled to see her. When Mary entered Elizabeth’s home, Elizabeth excitedly greeted Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.” What a greeting! Mary was glowing with happiness as she shared the intriguingly good news with her relative and received from Elizabeth an encouraging double blessing. Mary was blessed and so was her Child. Good news is even better when it is shared.