Wednesday 24th December
Reflection: Luke 1:67-79
“Benedictus” is a Latin word which means “Blessed”. It is used to refer to the prophecy of Zechariah at the moment his tongue was loosened during the naming ceremony of his son John the Baptist who was the fore-runner of Jesus. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas, this message of hope must aid our expectations of the great grace which comes with this season.
This song of Blessing was initiated by Zechariah’s sudden recovery after several months of silence. What an exclamation of gratitude and joy to God who keeps his promise despite his unbelief! Little wonder the song starts with: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel”. Awaiting the fulfillment of God’s promises should be a time of joy rather than worry. God keeps his word; He never fails! The birth of Christ which we celebrate this season has brought us liberation. Hence, we must not continue to live in the bondage of fear. This liberty makes us holy and righteous in a world of darkness and enables us to serve God without fear (Luke 1:74). Why feel lonely in your battle against sin and temptations? Do not worry, God has promised to guide your steps into the path of peace.
As you prepare for Christmas, sing songs of praise and honor to God who loves you and wants to make his home in your heart. End this season of advent with true contrition for the many times you have failed to trust God’s word and enter into the joy of your salvation with faith.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I thank you for your mercy and grace, I am ready for you this season of joy. Come and dwell in my heart always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 488 – Why should we thank God?
Everything that we are and have comes from God. Paul says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Being grateful to God, the giver of all good things, makes you happy.
HIDE A TREASURE: “I will sing of your mercies, O Lord, forever with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: 1 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-16; Psalm 89: 2-5, 27,29; Luke 1: 67-79