19 Dec 2018: Hope in God

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Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
Reading 1: Jgs 13: 2-7, 24-25; Gospel: Lk. 1: 5-25

As humans we are often put in a situation of doubt or circumstances around us make life impossible. Zachariah and Elizabeth were no different, they too were facing the existential crisis of their lives being branded as barren. The Word of God invites us to wait in hope.
The annunciation of Baptist’s birth is similar to the narratives in Old Testament (Samuel, Samson etc.). Zachariah as a priest was fulfilling his duty of praying for Israel’s salvation, he didn’t pray for a child, though he wanted one, for he lost hope. It is in this unexpected moment of encounter with God we witness God’s generosity and goodness to Zachariah and Elizabeth. The prayer of Zachariah is answered by the Lord in the context of human salvation.
God’s ways are mysterious, yet promising they offer us hope. Zachariah’s dumbness was the result of his inability to hope in God, which he gradually over comes. The Church during this Advent invites us to look forward with hope in the salvation that God is going to give us in the person of his son, Jesus. Let us put away every doubt, and wait eagerly for fulfillment of God’s promise in our lives.

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