December 24th

Reflection by Sister Mary Jolene Jasinski, cssf
As we reflect with open hearts on the Canticle of Zachariah, we encounter the faithfulness of God– thus he has shown the mercy promised our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant …

Knowing the scriptures well enabled Zachariah to recognize that his son as prophet will go before the Lord to prepare his way.  God’s promise of faithfulness as established through convenantal love with Moses on Mount Sinai will be fulfilled.  the Israelites experienced God’s presence in a cloud by day and fire by night.  They kept alive in their hearts the words of the prophets.  Now the reality of God’s love will be in the person of Jesus.  God entered into a personal relationship with us by becoming one of us.  Jesus is the way to the Father, the life we are to imitate and the truth of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.

O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel lk 1:67-79

Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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