Sunday, March 10, 2019

Luke for Lent: 1:21-25

Word of God:

And the people were waiting for Zachary; and they wondered that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak to them: and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs to them, and remained dumb. And it came to pass, after the days of his office were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived, and hid herself five months, saying: Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he hath had regard to take away my reproach among men.

Word of Man:

Zachary's doubt became a sign of faith for others. The fact that he could not speak told others that he had a vision.

Elizabeth hid herself for five months. She was hidden until the annunciation to Mary and the mother of her Lord came to visit. Elizabeth patiently awaited, not out of shame, for this ended the shame of barrenness, but rather to await divine guidance.

Do we, like Elizabeth, take periods of waiting to turn to the Lord? Do we retreat for prayer, or are we always attached to the world through the internet, tv, and all our devices?

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