Sunday 24 June 2018
Week IV Psalter. The Nativity of St John The Baptist.
Isaiah 49:1-6. Psalm 138(139):1-3, 13-15. Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80.
I praise you, for I am wonderfully made—Psalm 138(139):1-3, 13-15.
‘I shall be honoured in the Lord’s eyes, and my God has been my strength.’
The spirit of expectation is well and truly alive in today’s Gospel. Elizabeth and Zechariah know they have been blessed by God through the birth of their son John. Their faith and trust in God prevails even when they are challenged by those around them.
Elizabeth and Zechariah’s story is one of faithfulness and perseverance. Despite their disappointments and difficulties, they remain faithful to God. Elizabeth, in becoming a mother in her later years, praises God for the mercy she has been given. Zechariah immediately praises God when his speech returns. As with Elizabeth and Zechariah, we are called to trust in God’s faithful love and mercy.