Christmas Eve

Waiting to Become Prophets

And you, O child, shall be called prophet of the Most High; for you shall go before the Lord to prepare straight paths for him, giving his people a knowledge of salvation in freedom from their sins. All this is the work of the kindness of our God; he the Dayspring, shall visit us in his mercy to shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace, (Lk 1:76-79)

Zechariah speaks this canticle to his newborn son, John the Baptist. It’s a song of joy and expectation. The tiny child he holds in his hands will be the messenger of salvation for all mankind.

Zechariah speaks this canticle to me, too. I’m called to become a prophet to my family, my friends, my fellow parishioners, my co-workers, even to those I barely know. Emmanuel comes! I’m a source of Light for those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, guiding my feet into the way of peace – his way of peace.

Mary, sometimes I don’t feel like being a prophet. Sometimes I just want to be left to myself. Accompany me as I allow God to move my feet into the way of peace – his way of peace. Together, let’s prepare straight paths for the Lord and be heralds of the joy that Jesus has come!

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