December 24, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying… because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1: 67/78-79)

How shall I live this Word?
Today’s Gospel presents us with the song of exultation of Zachariah who blesses “the God of Israel who visited and redeemed his people.” A feeling of joy and gratitude pervades the whole song: God did not forget His people, but intervened to save them.
God is always present in our personal and community history and guides us towards justice and charity. Each of us is aware of having to collaborate in this realization, according to our abilities and possibilities.
God for first gave us the example in the person of His Son Jesus: He left the heavens to come to earth to save us. How much gratitude we should have towards Him, but above all, we should imitate Him in meeting the needs and expectations of others, particularly of those who are suffering and in difficulty.

O Lord, give us generosity of heart so that we too may understand the suffering of others and intervene in an active way to help them.

The voice of the Psalmist, Psalm 88/89 : 2
Forever I will sing the love of the Lord, from generation to generation my mouth will proclaim His fidelity!
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Blog: Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano SDB

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