As we draw closer to the feast of Christmas, we turn our attention to two women Mary and Elizabeth. They will be the mothers of Jesus and of John the Baptist respectively. 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. The meeting of the two mothers is at the same time the first meeting of Jesus and the one who will prepare the way for him, John the Baptist.