Visitation, Pakenham by TheRevSteve
Visitation, Pakenham, a photo by TheRevSteve on Flickr.

From the Gospel reading at holy Communion:

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
(Luke 1:39-40, NRSV)

I wonder what prompted Mary’s decision to go to Elizabeth. How much was a desire to be with her relative and how much to escape the wagging tongues and hostile stares of scandalised neighbours?

And which side would we have been on?

This glass in in the parish church of St. Mary in Pakenham, Suffolk