Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Advent
Malvern Minute


Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Advent

December 24, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Second Book of Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16

Psalm 89

Luke 1:67-79

Today’s Gospel of Saint Luke is called the “Canticle of Zechariah.”  Those of us who are required to pray the Divine Office every day recite the Canticle during Morning Prayer.  I hope you read it because it is quite beautiful.

The Canticle is Zechariah’s exhortation about the greatness of God in sending his son, John the Baptist, as the herald to announce the coming of the Christ.  For me this prayer is designed to prepare our hearts and minds for the work of evangelization, by bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.

Hopefully, when you read this Gospel, or hear it proclaimed at Holy Mass, you should be filled with that same joy and hope.  When the Lord comes to redeem us He fills us with the Holy Spirit, the source of our joy and hope in the promises of God.  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Zechariah blessed the Lord and prophesied the work of redemption that was to be accomplished by the Messiah.  This was the mission for which Jesus was sent into the world – to redeem those who needed redemption and didn’t even know it.

Tomorrow, Christmas Day, we realize and acknowledge the magnificent miracle of God actually becoming one of us.  He becomes one of us so He can share everything with us and show us the way to everlasting life.

In the Feast of the Incarnation, we celebrate the gracious gift of God in sending His only begotten Son to save us.  Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may inspire us and fill us with joy to proclaim the message of the Lord’s visitation and redemption.  By praying the Canticle of Zechariah every day is a great way to be reminded of this wonderful gift.  Don’t you think?

Question of the Day:  Do you believe that our Lord Jesus is the “Prophet most High” who will prepare the Way for us to His Father?

Prayer:  “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.”  (From the last sentence of the Canticle of Zechariah, Luke 1:67-79)



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