Wow, half-way through the week.
8 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 18th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote or Joke of the Day:
WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.
Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people. (NAB Lk 1:67-68)
This is the beginning of the “Canticle of Zechariah” and is said every morning in the Divine Office. The Divine Office is prayed by religious priests, brothers, and nuns; but is also said by untold numbers of lay Catholics as well.
This ‘song’ foretells the future role of John the Baptist, and proclaims role of Jesus. Like Mary’s canticle, it is largely composed of phrases taken from the Greek Old Testament and may have been a Jewish Christian hymn of praise giving Zechariah’s reply to the question asked in Luke 1:66”
“All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”
Remember, Zechariah doubted God and was made mute. He had just regained not only his voice, but also his absolute trust in God, and so filled with the Holy Spirit that he blurted out he KNEW God was with him, and had given him a special gift.
God came to him spiritually, and now dwells in his heart. But God came to him physically as well, in Mary’s womb. God will be with him daily in his prayers and thoughts, but also frequently as a human in Jesus, his relative. Did Zechariah know this, and did he know that Jesus was the Savior – the Messiah he had been proclaiming in the temple for his entire priestly life?
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #16:
Let them esteem work both as a gift and as a sharing in the creation, redemption, and service of the human community.