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Daily Mass Reflections - 12/19

Updated on December 18, 2021

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” ~ Jeremiah 1:5

With less then a week to go until we commemorate and celebrate the most miraculous and important birth in the history of mankind, today’s Reading (Judges 13:2-7, 24-25) and Gospel (Luke 1:5-25) afford us the opportunity to ponder two births that were critical and seminal in their own right, those of Sampson and John the Baptist.

In our Gospel Passage, Luke shines some light on Zechariah and Elizabeth, John’s parents. We come to learn that Zechariah is in fact a Temple Priest while Elizabeth is interestingly enough a descendant of Aaron, the very first priest. We are told that “both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.” It was a child that they so yearned for, most likely a son, however Elizabeth was found to be barren and well advanced in years.

But it was Zechariah’s encounter with an Angel of God in the temple that would kickstart the seemingly unlikely chain of events that would culminate in the birth of the evangelical precedent of Jesus. Unlikely in the eyes of man anyway.

We are told that this encounter with God’s herald greatly “troubled” Zechariah, and that “fear came upon him.” And then of course came doubt. Which inevitably leads to questioning… questioning God

Sound familiar?

How can this be? I’m old, my wife is old. These were but a few of Zechariah’s questions, comments and complaints, falling into the same trap that all of us are bound to from time to time, even those as devout as Zechariah. Simply put, he placed human limitations on God.

How much more do we need to see in order to trust more and worry less?

People tend to view the end of the year as a time of introspection, resolutions and the like. Perhaps Advent affords us a slight head start in that department. Our Savior is near. God became man to save us from sin. Jesus, the word made flesh, would go on to die on the cross for those sins. He did it for you. Trust in Him.

....for nothing is impossible with God.

“Lord, You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from Your perspective. Help me to focus on You and Your power. Help me not to fear but to trust You. I declare my faith in Your ability to fulfill Your promises to me. You will fight for me and win the battles in my life. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true” ~ Amen

“Pray, hope and don’t worry” ~ Saint Padre Pio

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