Annunciation to Zacharias, c.1730 (oil on metal)
Neapolitan School, (18th century)
Private Collection – Photo © Bonhams, London, UK – The Bridgeman Art Library
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Gospel of Luke begins and ends in the Temple. Place yourself a short distance from Zechariah and spend time in quiet prayer with him. Open your heart by faith to what is about to happen. The longing of the ages is gathered into this high priest and his aged wife, earnestly praying, patiently waiting for God to make his saving move upon the earth.
Sense the awesome moment as Gabriel announces the first words of God’s intervention on our behalf. Listen slowly to each phrase of the angel. Gabriel cites the final verses of the Old Testament found in Malachi 4:5-6. The dangling thread at the end of the Old Testament is gathered and attached to the wondrous new covenant, which begins to be woven in John the Baptist.
Sink into the scene. What movements does the Spirit make upon your heart?
The Reading for Today
This is the First Week in Advent, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Fridays in Year C are dedicated to the Gospel of St. Luke.