Audio Readings June 24, 2011 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3,13-15; Acts 13:22-26;Luke 1:57-66,80

The Birth of John the Baptist

He will be called John. (Luke 1:60)

Zechariah and Elizabeth wanted  so much to have a child, especially as  they watched their neighbors’ families  grow. But as deep as their desire  was, God’s desire was even deeper—  his desire that their faith grow so  strong that it could be an example to  believers throughout the centuries.

Day by day, as Elizabeth and  Zechariah prayed for a child, they  were challenged to continue to hope  in God. Every day, they asked, “Is  God trustworthy? Does he love us?  Will he provide for us?” Then, finally,  Gabriel appeared and assured them  that their prayers were answered. But  God still hadn’t gotten the desire of  his heart. Zechariah initially scoffed  at the angel’s news. He couldn’t  believe that God had finally come  through. He still needed more training  in faith so that his light could  shine brightly.

Struck mute by the angel,  Zechariah entered an unexpected,  even unorthodox time of blessing  from the Lord. God used these  months of silence to teach Zechariah  so that he could in turn teach his  son—and all of us—what it means  to rely on God. When John was born, Zechariah’s response bore witness  to the fruit of this time of grace.  Filled with the Holy Spirit, he proclaimed  God’s faithfulness and  prophesied great blessings over his  son.

How important this time was for  Zechariah—and for the whole of salvation  history! John was destined to  spend years alone in the desert, listening  to God and awaiting the time  when he should appear and announce  the Messiah’s coming. Then, when he  was imprisoned by Herod and awaiting  his fate, John again needed to be  sustained by all that God had promised.  Surely he leaned on the witness  of his parents’ own patience and trust  as he faced these challenges.

We all have unfulfilled desires and  hopes. As beloved children of God,  we should never give up. We can  place our full confidence in the One  who hears every prayer in our hearts.  As we wait on the Lord, we can ask  him to mold our characters, just as he  did for Zechariah. In the end, we will  find that his plan is far better than our  own!

“Father, how wonderful are your  ways! You know everything about me.  You never stop surrounding me with  your love. Lord, I trust in you.” ~wau


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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