Today’s Gospel: Luke 1:57-66
I love Elizabeth and Zechariah. They’re so relatable. Zechariah had the job of presenting sacrifice to God, but when God sent an actual messenger to speak with Zechariah, all he could do was argue and doubt himself into losing his voice.
Then when a very pregnant Elizabeth welcomes Mary into their home, she can’t help but put in a jab at her husband (“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord…”) when he’s not exactly in a position to offer his wife any comeback. Whenever I picture the Visitation, I always imagine Mary smiling awkwardly at the tension that must have been in the room between Elizabeth and Zechariah.
I wonder how those months of silence between husband and wife, with a miracle growing silently between them, shaped their marriage? How did it shape their relationship with God? In today’s gospel, when Zechariah finally humbles himself so publicly and so poignantly by writing God’s request on a tablet for all to see, that silence is broken at last. What will this child be? Indeed, what will he bring his parents to be?
As we approach Christmas, children are on our minds. While we are called to form them in Christ’s image, we can’t help but find ourselves formed as well. We learn the value of obedience when we see for ourselves how vital it is that our children obey us for the simple sake of safety—mental, physical, spiritual. May these two parents, Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah, teach us how to become ever more obedient children of God.
What is one way that I can show gratitude for a child in my life whose role has been to lead me closer to Christ?
Jesus, Your kinspeople, Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah, show us very real ways of working our way to Your Father through the struggles, conflicts, and joys of marriage. Help us to learn from their example of faith and the example of their son, St. John the Baptist.
Copyright 2017 Erin McCole Cupp
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