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Homily (Reflection) for Weekdays of Advent: 19th December, 2017 on the Gospel
 
Judg 13:2-7.24-25;
Ps 70:3-6.16-17. (R. cf. v.8);
Lk 1:5-25.
Topic: Do not be afraid....
We see in today’s gospel a priest named Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, a descendant of Aaron. Both were not just noble by birth but also were righteous and blameless before God. Yet the gospel goes on to say “... they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years” (Lk 1:7).
Nevertheless, they continued to live righteous and blameless lives according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord even as they grew older and older without any child. It was when so to speak, all hope was lost that an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah who was terrified and overwhelmed with fear. The angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John” (Lk 1:13).
My dear child of God, things may not have been as you expect them not minding how much you struggle to live according to the will of God. You may have even fallen out of despondency or at the verge of falling. That same angel is telling you today: DO NOT BE AFRAID.... If you have fallen, do not be afraid, rise for the time has come. If you have not, do not because our Saviour is at hand. Remember always that nothing is impossible for God, cf. Matt 19:26; Mk 10:27; Lk 1:37. 18:27. There is no need to be afraid. Your deliverance will be like a dream, cf. Ps 126:1. You shall rejoice and be glad, cf. Ps 14:7.
Bible Reading: Lk 1:46-55.
Thought for today: Do not be afraid....
Let us pray: Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay – Amen (cf. Rev 22:20).
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