O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!
Today’s Gospel: Lk 1:5-25
…Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel said to him in reply, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God.
I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute….
Reflection: How many of us can’t be quiet when we need to be! Zechariah, in today’s Gospel, is a great example. He’s a priest, used to running things, maybe even a bit of a know-it-all, who always has a counter-argument. The angel gives him a blessed silence. And he stays silent for months, until his son, an infant who would one day be John the Baptist, is brought to the Temple.
Let us pray: In these final days before Christmas, give me humility, Lord. Help me to find time in the coming days for holy silence. Help me to listen more; to speak less. And this year, as I prepare to celebrate in a quieter way than most years, help me to be patient. Help me to see that I don’t understand everything, and that’s O.K.