Posted by: livingscripture | December 23, 2011

Fourth Friday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“They were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, ‘No.  He will be called John’.”

                                    Luke 1: 59-60                                                                                                

How should we live this Word 

“What, then, will this child be?” questioned the neighbors who had come to celebrate with Elizabeth and Zechariah on the occasion of the baby’s circumcision.  His parents want to call him John and not Zechariah, which would be the name normally chosen for the first born of the Jews.  This was inexplicable!  Added to this was the muteness of his father, things that were really extraordinary!

They did not understand that they were dealing with God’s grand plan for humanity.  In fact, the Gospel begins with words that do not only explain an event in Elizabeth’s life but that inaugurate the time of salvation, the new creation realized in Jesus, the Messiah, Son of God and Son of Humanity.  The small John is the precursor, the one who prepares the way.  His name means ‘God is mercy’, which identifies him with his mission.  Zechariah means ‘God remembers’ and thus it would not be adequate from the moment that the Savior is already present in the womb of the virgin Mother.   

Today in my pause for contemplation, I will remain in sacred silence with Mary, preparing my heart for the coming of the Savior. 

Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay.  I am waiting for you and I have so much to confide to you.  I adore You, my God! 

The voice of George Carnelos, Contemporary Pastor and Author


Brethren, let us ask God the Father for the gift of humility so that we may go to meet the Lord who comes, to recognize Him, embrace Him, really love Him by becoming His stable dwelling, His faithful spouse, the place where people may see Him, praise Him, bless Him forever.

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