Reflection on Luke 1:57-66 ~
It is difficult to appreciate the depth of what Elizabeth and Zechariah witnessed, but if you are a parent, you know the blessings of a child. Circumstance played a significant part in spiritually naming one of my children. I felt truly blessed when each of my children was born. I was reminded again how blessed I was at their Baptism and many other times in their life. I am constantly amazed as I observe the hand of the Lord helping with each of my now adult child as they bring unique beauty into the world.
Portrait of Zacharias and Elizabeth, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Luke 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Birth of John the Baptist
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60 But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” 61 They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” 62 Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63 He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 1:57-66.