A reading from the gospel according to Luke 1:67-79
67 Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:
68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free.
69 He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.
70 Through his prophets he promised of old
71 that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.
72 He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant.
73 This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear,
75 holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
76 You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
77 to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
79 to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Reflection: God intervenes.
1. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit when He opened his mouth to praise the Lord with a song of prophesy. God the Holy Spirit is indeed the prime-mover of prophesy and enlightenment. He was previously silent for nine months as a form of punishment for failing to believe in the words of Angel Gabriel. Looking back, the silence was actually a time for repentance and reflection. Let us say it was a kind of forced retreat for him so that he will recognize how God has come to intervene in his life and in His people Israel.
2. When John the Baptist was finally born, Zechariah was happy not only because at last, he will have a son even in old age but more importantly, God is going to fulfill what He had promised in the Old Testament.
3. Our God is indeed alive. He is active. He is involved in our day-to-day life and in the life of the world. In fact, He has a plan for the world and He has a plan for you and me. He is sovereign and He is in control. Whatever our situation is, no matter how big our problems are, God will come to intervene because He is faithful, merciful and powerful. He had promised to show mercy to His people and He will fulfill that promise. He will set all of us free from our enemies. Let us believe and trust in Him.