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Today’s Gospel
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Weekdays of Advent: December 23th

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Gospel text (Lk 1:57-66): Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today the Gospel tells us how, finally, Elizabeth 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 mute, 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!