Friday, December 21, 2012
John the Baptist is born from the silent womb of Elizabeth; the silent tongue of Zechariah gives birth to a song. He breaks out in a poetic expression that for centuries would become the hymn to close Morning Prayer in the church. Notice how the words link Jewish longing for salvation, and fulfillment in the coming Lord.
Sense the contrast between darkness and light, between silence and word. Close your eyes in silent waiting as a preparation to allow the Holy Spirit, released from the heart of Zechariah, to well up from you, as you become one with this prayer of the ages.
The hymn closes with the first of fourteen references to peace in the Gospel of Luke. Let peace be in your breathing and your speaking this day. Who is going to receive the comforts of this hymn from you?
The Reading for Today
This is the Third 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.