Berkeley, Thursday, August 1, 2019 2:16 AM
I want to say thanks Elizabeth and Zechariah for being good Jews and faithful to God. Zachariah listened the announcement of the angel Gabriel. He believed, well actually, he hesitate a little bit in believe, what was announced to him. His prayers were heard by the Lord. The Lord granted them, at their old age, that Elizabeth will bear a child, who will come with the Spirit and power of Elijah, to correct the paths of the world and announce the coming of the Lion of Judea. With his strong faith in the announcement, but as a penitence for the small disbelief during it, when Zechariah questioned how was going to happened it, Gabriel ‘commended to’ Zechariah as follows: “I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time” (Lk 1, 19-20)
After Elizabeth gave birth, and everyone in the community were full of joy, and amazed on Lords mercy. At the Circumcision Ceremony, Brit Milah, which is Jewish ceremony, which happens on the 8 day after the baby is born, their relatives and the community were going to call the child Zechariah, in honor of his father. But Elizabeth said, “No. He will be called John” But the community said but “there is no one among your relatives who has this name”. So they made sign, asking to the “speechless” Zechariah, what he wished him to be called. Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name”. Immediately his mouth was opened his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God (Lk 2, 57-64).
I want to thank Mary’s parents, Anna and Joachim for being good Jews and faithful to God. I want to thank Joseph for being a good Jew and faithful to God. I want to thank Mary for being a good Jew, faithful to God, for believing in the announce of Gabriel, and giving us Jesus, the Lord, who came Himself to announce His Kingdom.