FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FOURTH WEDNESDAY of ADVENT
December 23, 2020
WORD of the DAY
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy towards her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. (Luke 1: 57-66)
How shall I live this Word?
John the Baptist: to approach him is to be put in crisis by his words and gestures, by his life, by his having recognized the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb. John: an unexpected name compared to the history of his family, free from any homologation. The right to be himself to the extreme consequences of his vocation should be like this for every human being and it is possible if we meet those who, truly loving us, defend our mystery, our uniqueness, our secret. He helps us to discover a new name which, between the already and the not yet, however, embodies the certainty that something new will happen..
Lord Jesus, let us open ourselves to your newness of life by allowing You to give us the name and face of love which, unprecedented, are the reflection of your presence in us.!
The Voice of Hermann Hesse, Author
Every person, however, is not only him/herself, but is also the unique, very particular, in any case important, curious point, where the phenomena of the world intersect once, without repetition.