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Luke 1:57-66; 80

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Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, "No; he is to be called John." They said to her, "None of your relatives has this name." Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John." And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, "What then will this child become?" For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

Luke 1:57-66; 80
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    • No doubt Elizabeth had wanted this birth and prayed for it for many years, instead she had her son in God’s time.
    • I imagine I am one of Elizabeth’s relatives who comes to celebrate John’s birth. I too wonder ‘What will this child become?’ Then I ask myself: ‘What am I becoming?’
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    • The birth of a long-awaited child to older parents is an occasion of great joy. The unexpected has happened. We celebrate the birth of a promised child. Apart from Jesus and Mary, John is the only person whose birth we celebrate as well as the close of his life. He is given a new name, because God has a special mission for him. I too have a new name, my baptismal name. What is my mission?
    • John announced the presence of the Word and pointed him out to others. His proclamation contrasted with the silence of his father, Zechariah, before his birth. John would speak out courageously in his prophetic way. He prepared for his mission in the wilderness and became a bridge between the old and the new.
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    • /He is to be called John./ The giving of a name was rightly a serious matter. We grow into our names, identify with them, pick them out on a page and hear them above the chatter of conversation. One day my parents and possibly others were choosing a name for me, wondering. /What then will this child become?/
    • And indeed the hand of the Lord was with me too. Thank you, Lord, for my name, and for the dreams that people invested in me.
    • The neighbours and relatives who gathered around Elizabeth want to do their best, relying on the best of human traditions. Elizabeth had her own insight and spoke her truth.
    • Elizabeth and Zechariah held fast to the message that God had given them and were thus irresistible. This was the household in which John the Baptist grew up. He and Jesus must have heard this story and learned from it. Picture the scene, imagine what they savoured.
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    • /He is to be called John./ The giving of a name was rightly a serious matter. We grow into our names, identify with them, pick them out on a page and hear them above the chatter of conversation. One day my parents and possibly others were choosing a name for me, wondering. /What then will this child become?/
    • And indeed the hand of the Lord was with me too. Thank you, Lord, for my name, and for the dreams that people invested in me.
    • The neighbours and relatives who gathered around Elizabeth want to do their best, relying on the best of human traditions. Elizabeth had her own insight and spoke her truth.
    • Elizabeth and Zechariah held fast to the message that God had given them and were thus irresistible. This was the household in which John the Baptist grew up. He and Jesus must have heard this story and learned from it. Picture the scene, imagine what they savoured.
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    • /He is to be called John./ The giving of a name was rightly a serious matter. We grow into our names, identify with them, pick them out on a page and hear them above the chatter of conversation. One day my parents and possibly others were choosing a name for me, wondering. /What then will this child become?/
    • And indeed the hand of the Lord was with me too. Thank you, Lord, for my name, and for the dreams that people invested in me.
    • The neighbours and relatives who gathered around Elizabeth want to do their best, relying on the best of human traditions. Elizabeth had her own insight and spoke her truth.
    • Elizabeth and Zechariah held fast to the message that God had given them and were thus irresistible. This was the household in which John the Baptist grew up. He and Jesus must have heard this story and learned from it. Picture the scene, imagine what they savoured.