November 20, 2022
Gospel – 6/24/20 – 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.
Sometimes we just need to listen. In this case, Elizabeth listened to God. Knowing she had dedicated her son to God, she named him John, which means, “the Lord is Gracious”.
Elizabeth is a God-Fearing woman, meaning she was obedient to God. She was thankful that God loved her enough to allow her a child way past her prime child bearing age. Thus the choice in names, as the custom was to name a son after someone else in the line of ancestry.
It’s nice to see that a year of losing ability of speech has taught Zechariah it is better to agree with his wife and not question God. It is his humbling of himself that God once again frees his voice.
It is hard to accept, sometimes, that God is in charge – that we don’t know it all. It’s also difficult to follow someone we’ve led.
Zechariah learned and Jesus gained his messenger – in John the Baptist.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…