Sunday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Waiting in Speechlessness

The angel replied: “I am Gabriel, who stand in attendance before God. I was sent to speak to you and bring you his good news. But now you will be mute – unable to speak – until the day when these things take place, because you have not trusted my words. They will all come true in due season.” (Lk 1:19-20)

Zechariah was rendered mute because he doubted the power of God. Advanced in years and having a wife proven barren, he found it impossible that he would become a father at this late stage in his life. He was thinking in merely human terms.

How many times in my life have I deserved to be muted as Zechariah was? When I’ve been hoping for something important for a long, long time I begin to believe that it couldn’t possibly happen at all. I convince myself that my own faulty logic and stubborn hopelessness are more powerful than God. Perhaps if I could wait in patient trust – speechlessness – I’d see that the impossible becomes the possible in due season.

Please, Mary. Form in me a patient trust that the impossible will become the possible through God’s power, even when it appears as unlikely as God himself coming to earth as a helpless Infant.

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