Saturday, December 23, 2023
Luke 1:57 - 66
We have probably all experienced the thrill and excitement of a relative or friend giving birth to a much-hoped-for and most-prayed-for child. It is a cause for celebration, thanksgiving, and even more prayers for the baby to grow up happy and healthy.
That’s the scene in today’s Gospel reading. John has finally been born. When asked his name, Elizabeth had to reply since Zechariah could not speak. They couldn’t believe the couple would go against tradition, so they asked Zechariah to confirm, and when he did, he could finally speak. His first words after nine long months were to bless God. A right response, which didn’t go unnoticed by his neighbors. “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”
John and Jesus are inextricably connected. Jesus’ coming was foretold. John’s birth was also foretold. John’s birth was important because it was his destiny to proclaim Christ and to prepare people to receive him. He went all in. Will we?
Try this: Prepare for the final Sunday in Advent by reading tomorrow’s scriptures and asking God to reveal something new for you. Then listen for it at Mass tomorrow.
Lord, I thank you and bless you as Zechariah did. Free my tongue to praise you before my friends, family, and neighbors.