In today’s Gospel, we hear Zechariah speaking for the first time after being silenced by his unbelief. “Filled with the Holy Spirit, he prophesied” (Luke 1:67). The months of silence bore great fruit; every day during Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church, in unison, sings the words he spoke, The Canticle of Zechariah: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free…” (verses 68-79).
God has come to set us free, but God’s greatest works are accomplished in the silence. God became flesh in the silence of Mary’s womb; he was born in the stillness of the night, in the silence of the manger. If we are to let him “save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us,” we must let ourselves be found in that same silence. The enemy is loud, always distracting, always lying about what we will find when everything is still and quiet. For it is when we allow our hearts to be still that we prepare Jesus a manger, a place to dwell within.
“You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins” (verses 76-77). On this last day of Advent, we are once again reminded of this calling. We are encouraged to let God do his work in the silence of our hearts so that then, filled with the Holy Spirit, we may be, like Zechariah, ready to prophesy.
No matter what is going on around us, let us find a few moments of silence in our hearts and prepare to enter into the mystery of this “Silent Night.”
Let us pray:
Come, Lord Jesus!
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