Daily Gospel Reflection for December 23, 2019

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 1:57-66

“What are you thinking? You don’t have any relatives with that name.” Zechariah’s cousin squinted at him in confusion. Perhaps what ails his tongue has spread to his brain? he wondered.

It was not difficult to imagine his cousin’s thoughts, and Zechariah found himself wishing for the millionth time that he could talk and explain. Desperate to make his point and demonstrate its seriousness, he motioned for his tablet. Holding it up in exclamation, he showed all who were present his declaration: “John is his name.” Suddenly, he felt his tongue loosen, and he began praising God.

His cousin’s mouth fell open in shock. “What then, will this child be?” he wondered. “For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”

I like to imagine myself playing a role in stories in scripture. Clearly, I add little details here and there to bring them more to life (although I try hard to never change the integrity of the story and presume too much!). This moment in history must have been life-changing for all involved. What had previously appeared to be a more common event had turned into an “Aha!” moment that would reveal more of a prophetical truth than the guests could have ever guessed. If only they had truly understood the identity of the baby they were beholding! He was the one who would make the way straight for all to follow the path to the Christ. Little John would be forever known throughout history as a game-changing character.

How do we react to this news? Knowing the rest of the story, do we recognize the game-changer that he was and is? Do we realize that his birth and obedience were vital to our own salvation story? Let us never forget his role in God’s plan for us.

Ponder:

Am I following John the Baptist’s example in truly preparing my heart for Jesus’ coming?

Pray:

Baby Jesus, as we prepare for Your coming, remind us of the role that John the Baptist played. May his obedience and devotion inspire us to more deeply prepare our hearts for Your birth.


Copyright 2019 Christina Nagy

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Christina Nagy is a freelance writer and blogger at www.catholicconundrum.com. She is also the creator of the Catholic Conundrum YouTube channel for kids and teens, which offers fun, faithfully Catholic content. She endeavors to bring the joy and beauty of the Catholic faith to others by sharing her experience in caring for her domestic church of 6, homeschooling, caregiving, ministry and business, and hopes to inspire others to pursue their God-given potential on their path to holiness.

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  1. Thank you so much for all that you do for helping me get on with my life.following your readings..praying for others..doing..helping in whatever I can do. God bless you.

  2. Thank you, Catholic Mom, for reminding me of what pure joys (and hardships) there were, when I was a young, single (divorced) mother to my 3 sons, having to raise them alone, & having to do so while living in poverty.

    I’m old now, and ‘should’ be wiser; but, I’m still caught up in the ‘family curse’ of addiction to smoking cigarettes. I’ve been slowly choking to death for many years now; but still have not been able to kick the habit. Smoking a cigarette and sipping a cup of coffee was my ONLY way to help me cope with all of the stresses I was under.

    At age 43, I was diagnosed with COPD (of course), and a few years later, cardio-vascular heart disease (also no surprise). Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with ‘Fibromyalgia’ and its attendant, ‘chronic pain’, etc.! About 25 years ago, I was told that I had ‘degenerative disc disease’; and 20 years ago, I was told that I had ‘severe osteoarthritis’ throughout my spine, hips, knees, feet & hands.

    Today, I am housebound, and have not been able to go to Mass for almost 2 years, now. This year, I would LOVE to attend a Christmas Mass; but, once again, I don’t think that I will be able to do so. Watching a Mass on T.V. is just NOT the same as being there — and participating — esp., when The Eucharist is held up at the Consecration!!

    Yes, I can pray to ‘spiritually’ receive Jesus in The Blessed Sacrament of The Eucharist; but the LACK of physical participation and the LACK of the physical presence of a ‘community’ of fellow believers … often ‘feels’ like ‘cheap grace’, somehow.

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