Luke 1:67-79 Reflection ~
While we may not be as holy or eloquent as Zechariah, we can still express how wonderful God is. We learn about the Holy Spirit in scripture prior to Jesus appearance in the upper room through the prophets like Zechariah and other holy and righteous people. Our advocate, the Holy Spirit prompts and gives voice to each of our own personally directed prophecies. Let the love, guidance and fruitfulness of the Holy Spirit ring out in your being and with your actions in your own canticle.
Luke 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
and has remembered his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
to grant us 74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness
before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 1:67-79.