Luke 1:66 – December 23, 2020

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. Luke 1:66 NABRE           

Luke tells the story of John the Baptist’s birth and circumcision with the reaction of those observing. His father Zechariah has been mute since the announcement by the angel Gabriel until this moment when he tells everyone that his son will be named John. The family of Zechariah, Elizabeth and now baby John have a special place in the story of Jesus the God man’s incarnation. Elizabeth greets Mary, soon after she learns she will be the mother of God with words of encouragement and lifting up, helping the young woman know she is supported and loved. John the baby in Elizabeth’s womb jumps when Mary enters the room letting Elizabeth know he is connected to Jesus the future son of Mary and God in a very special way. Zechariah the father of John will recite a canticle proclaiming Jesus as savior and his own son will be called prophet of the Most High, going before the Lord to prepare His way. Even at his birth and circumcision the people who are celebrating with Elizabeth and Zechariah see the hand of God in the moment, and particularly on the child John a baptizer. There is great anticipation about who the child will become. As an adult John living His mission for God, is visited by many and asked who he is, a prophet, the Messiah, Elijah. This moment in history, this child John has God’s handprint and becomes part of a story told by generation after generation.

The Almighty God has the power to turn every situation into a powerful and holy moment. We see a child unable to speak opening the eyes of those around him. God’s still small voice has power and requires we sit quietly to listen. 

Do you take time in silence? Have you been surprised how God works in innocence?

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