Friday of the Third Week in Advent
There are three songs in two chapters: what a way to begin a Gospel! The first is the song of Zechariah in today’s reading; the second is the song of Mary we considered last Friday; the final one is the song of Simeon in 2:29-32. Religious communities have been singing these songs for centuries as part of morning, evening, and night prayer.
The song of Zechariah is the first sound of praise that flows from his lips after he was struck dumb. After the silence of the night, a faith-filled praying of this song will have you begin your day aware of God’s power. God is faithful to you now, just as in past ages. You will be “the child” to go before him to prepare the way for Jesus—the bright “Son-Light” for others in your day.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we read the Gospel of St. Luke,except during Lent and with a few other exceptions.