The Astounding Start of John’s Life

Text: Luke 1:57-68

Reflection and Question: Astounding things had led up to John’s birth: his mother Elizabeth was the latest in the line of women in the Bible to give birth late in life, and his father had been struck dumb by the angel Gabriel for doubting the prophecy of the child’s greatness. Now, at his naming, the people are amazed again when Zechariah regains his speech after confirming that he will break with tradition to name the boy John, “God is gracious.” Then Zechariah himself proceeds to prophesy about John’s calling. If you had been there, what would you have told your friends about this?

Prayer: Praise to the God of Israel! For in the tender compassion of our God the morning sun from heaven will rise upon us, to shine on those who live under the cloud of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:68,78-79 NEB). Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).