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Liturgical day: Weekdays of Advent: December 23th

Gospel text (Lk 1,57-66): Zechariah could speak again and his first words were in praise of God. When the time came for Elizabeth, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the merciful Lord had done a wonderful thing for her and they rejoiced with her. When on the eighth day they came to attend the circumcision of the child, they wanted to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, «Not so; he shall be called John». They said to her, «No one in your family has that name»; and they asked the father by means of signs for the name he wanted to give. Zechariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote on it, «His name is John», and they were very surprised. Immediately Zechariah could speak again and his first words were in praise of God. A holy fear came on all in the neighborhood, and throughout the Hills of Judea the people talked about these events. All who heard of it pondered in their minds and wondered, «What will this child be?». For they understood that the hand of the Lord was with him.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the Gospel tells us how Elizabeth, finally, gave birth to her son. The family members said he had to be called like his father Zechariah, but the Archangel Gabriel had told Zechariah that he had to name his son, John. Zechariah was still not able to speak because the Archangel had left him voiceless, for he doubted Zechariah’s words.

-Now Jesus’ "precursor" is born. In the circumcision rite they gave him the name of John. And Zechariah recovers his voice! With that voice he will intone the goodness of God. You too!