Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1,57-66.80
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.
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.
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
Be humble like John and jump for joy
1 Elizabeth. She is the figure of God’s mercy and also of God’s power, for with God, nothing is impossible. God always gives us hope; He reminds us that no one is dead. For the Hebrew world, it was considered a punishment that Elizabeth did not have a child, but God shows us that His logic is not the same as ours – He looks on us and sends His power and His strength until the last moment.
2 John. He is the child who leapt with joy in his mother’s womb, in the presence of God when Mary visited Elizabeth. How many unborn children have jumped in their mother’s womb when they feel God’s presence! Let us pray for them today. Pray for those children who have been aborted. Let us also pray that you may have the joy of experiencing God’s presence in your life. Return to God and remember that He gives you joy.
3 Neighbors and friends. They represent God’s people who change, from judgement to praise. We have done this too, even in the Church. How many saints have we given a hard time in the Church? I’m thinking of Saint Francis, Saint John Bosco, Saint Anthony, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and so many others .They suffered judgement and hard times, but now they are considered pillars of the Church! We must remember that God acts to manifest His power in those people who we judge.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
And don’t forget: Heaven is our goal!