Thursday, December 24, 2015
Reflection: Luke 1:67-79
Fourth Week of Advent – Luke 1:67-79
The Gospel reading for this last morning of the Advent season is the continuation of the story of John’s birth. In this Gospel, Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit. He is prophesying that a Savior will come to his people. The Savior will “save” them and “set them free”! Did the bystanders in the temple believe Zechariah’s prophecy or did they wonder if he was deranged or drunk?
When Mary heard that Elizabeth was pregnant, she immediately hurried to be with Elizabeth. Just imagine the conversation these two women had. Both of them became pregnant in highly unusual circumstances, yet both women were filled with complete faith and trust in God and faith in the “miracle” they each were gifted with.
Joseph and Zechariah also had to be men of deep faith and trust in their God. Did they wonder what else their lives would hold? What faith these women and men had in their God!
These kinds of “happenings” are unusual in our day! Often when I hear of a “miracle," I question it! I wonder if a true miracle really did happen since miracles seem to be in short supply today! Yet we have miracles around us all day long – if we have the faith and the eyes to see them and recognize God’s action.
On this Christmas Eve may we open our minds, eyes ,and hearts and look deeply for God’s action in our lives and in the lives of the people we love. God is with us! God is acting! The question is: will we see and believe?