Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122416.cfm
Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
What a blessing for a father to give his son. This could only have come from the Holy Spirit, and how accurate it is. Zechariah foretold the role of his son in salvation history. And John fulfilled this prophesy, when he preached the coming of Jesus. Did you listen?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you still send prophets with your word. Help me to always hear them and listen to your words. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.