MALACHI 3:1-4, 23-24; PSALM 25; LUKE 1:57-66
Today’s gospel presents us with the birth of John the Baptist and the restoration of his father’s speech. John was sent by God just as Elijah was sent in the first reading. They had similar roles; they were to prepare the world before the day of the Lord comes. The first reading speaks of Elijah saying; “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the day of the Lord comes.” We are no longer in the days of Elijah and John the Baptist. You and I are present day messengers; we are to herald a new era in God’s salvific chronicle. Therefore, we must rise up to our duties as minister, teachers and guardians. Let us ensure an ardent preparation for the coming of the Lord. Whoever fails to prepare; prepares to fail.
LET US PRAY
Father, help us; like Elijah and John may we not fail. Where there are struggles give us the sufficient grace to prevail; where we are limited empower us through the Holy Spirit to excel, and may the Nativity of your Son – Jesus Christ draw us nearer and make us better Christians. Amen!