So much of our faith is about journeys. We even talk about it as the ‘Christian walk’ at times. Jesus refers to himself as ‘the Way.’ Early Christians often called themselves ‘people of the Way.’ Scripture teaches this, and models it in many ways. There are many great journeys in the Bible, some positive, some negative. The story of Abram called out of Ur comes to mind. The journey of Joseph into Egypt. The journey of the Hebrew people out of Egypt. The journey of the Hebrew people into the Promised Land. The journey of the people into Exile. The return of the Hebrew people from exile. All of the journeys around the Christmas story: Mary and Joseph, the Magi, the shepherds, the flight to Egypt. It continues in the life of Jesus and the world of the early Church. So what do we make of this journey? It’s briefly mentioned, and we don’t get any details of the trip itself. But because of the journey, Mary receives confirmation of the angel Gabriel’s words, and speaks one of the most profound songs of praise about Jesus found in all of scripture, the Magnificat. The message for us this week is short and sweet: get moving. Faith certainly requires contemplation at times, but the Christian life is marked by action. By living out God’s desire for our lives. The Good Samaritan doesn’t just feel sorry for the guy left beaten and robbed on the side of the road, he does something about it.