December 23 – Monday
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25:4-5ab; 8-10, 14: Luke1:57-66
Doubt! Silence! Singing God’s praise! Zachariah’s story in a nutshell! We can relate to his dilemma if we have ever failed to discern the movement of God’s grace in times of confusion (Luke 1; 12). Zachariah hears remarkable good news yet doubts it—why? Elizabeth is barren. He is silenced. Surprise –he will have nine long months to contemplate God’s mysterious ways while awaiting the birth of John.
Fast forward to today’s Scripture as John is being named. Zachariah has come to understand that his child will be heralding the coming of the Messiah. A prophet preparing the way of the Lord. A graced time, and so, on a slate he names his son, John–meaning the grace of God. Grace abounds. His mouth is opened. He utters a prophetic prayer of praise to God (Canticle of Zachariah).
In what ways are we able to move beyond doubt to see that grace abounds? How can we too sing God’s praise, as Zachariah, as prophets in our own time?
Ruth Platte, SLW