Saturday of the 3rd week of Advent

Malachi 3: 1-4; 4:5-6      Luke 1: 57-66

Theme: Faithful God

In the gospel of St. Luke, we are presented with the story of the birth of John the Baptist. Everything that was said by the Angel to Zachariah is being fulfilled in the birth of John the Baptist. This incident affirms the fact that whatever God has decreed in our lives must surely come to pass, no matter the length of time it takes or whatever anybody may have said prior to that time. The birth of John the Baptist proved science wrong, and the will of God manifested in the life of Zachariah and Elizabeth.

There are moments in our lives when God comes through for us, to show us that he is still in control, to the glory of his name and the good of humanity. The restoration of the voice of Zachariah, is also a reminder to all of us as we deal with God, there is no need for doubt. When God is involved, no matter how difficult the situation may seem humanly speaking, what is needed at that point is not doubt but faith. It was the fact that Zachariah doubted the message of the Angel that made him to lose his power of speech that was restored today at the naming of John the Baptist.

The most important thing in any given situation in our lives, is to pray for Gods intervention. When he is involved, he makes the impossible possible and changes the situation of all those involved. Interestingly, nothing can stop or limit God when he decides to take control of the situation in our lives. At that point, just know that you are dealing with a God who is ready to break all the protocols to fulfil his promises in your life. That is why it is said that as children of God and Christians, we are fortunate people, because we are serving a God that have all the answers and solutions that we seek in our lives. He never fails or disappoints all those who trust in him, he will always stand by them when it matters most, and he is a trusted and reliable friend.

In all of this, faith has a great role to play. No wonder Jesus said that if you have  faith as small as a mustard seed, you will give command and it will happen. May the Lord increase our faith, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.

Saturday of the 3rd week of Advent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp