The scripture reading for today is Luke 1:67-79 NIV
67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Zechariah and Elizabeth were older and barren, much like Abraham and Sarah. When an angel told Zechariah that they were going to have a baby, Zechariah wouldn’t believe the angel and the angel made him mute. In today’s reading, Zechariah can suddenly speak, and he declares his joy and beliefs for his son, John the Baptist.
Luke presents this song as a moment when God’s Holy Spirit crashes into Zechariah’s world. The book of Luke makes the point that everything about John and Jesus’s births was of the Holy Spirit. Even before John’s birth, the angel told Elizabeth that he would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Then the angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you … therefore the child to be born will be holy, he will be called Son of God”.
How many of us are deaf to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, or are blind to the things God is doing in the world? What would it take for us to sing out like Zechariah did?
Dear Lord, I pray that I can be as clear-sighted as Zechariah so that I might be able to pick up on the hints you are giving me today.
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those that need the light of God to shine in their lives