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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 19, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a
Psalm 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

A reflection on today's Scripture:

You did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time. (see Luke 1:20)

Faith assures us that anything is possible with God, and The Catechism teaches us that,

"God, who created everything also rules everything and can do everything. Godís power is loving, for He is our Father, and mysterious, for only faith can discern it when it is made perfect in weakness." (paragraph 268, Catechism of the Catholic Church)

But faith doesnít always come easy, as Zechariah discovered. He and Elizabeth had spent their lives childless; Elizabeth was barren and now they were old, so any hope of a child had gone forever and their prayers remained unanswered.

Or so it seemed.

A message of incredible hope was delivered to Zechariah by the Angel Gabriel, ďYour prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.Ē But Zechariah didnít believe and his doubt became a lesson in faith after he was made speechless.

In time, Zechariah accepted the Angelís message as truth and Godís promise was fulfilled. Zechariah was given a son who was great and whose name would restore his speech and change his and Elizabethís lives, and the lives of the children of Israel forever!

How often do we pray for what we think is impossible then doubt weíll ever receive an answer, especially one as extraordinary as Zechariahís? We lean toward uncertainty when our situation seems hopelessóbut itís only hopeless to us. What seemed hopeless to Zechariah was accomplished with the help of an angel, Godís grace and Zechariahís ultimate trust and faith.

Like Zechariah, we must trust in Godís loving power and believe that He will exceed our expectations in time. Zechariahís muteness taught us that our prayers will only be answered in fullness when we believe.

- Elizabeth Tichvon |

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