Third Week of Advent (Year B) : Tuesday, 19th December 2023

Daily Word Of God

Luke 1:13-14, 18-20, 24-25

The angel said to Zechariah, ‘Do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son and you shall name him John. He will be your joy and delight and many will rejoice at his birth.

Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How can I know this? I am an old man and my wife is getting on in years.’ The angel replied, ‘I am Gabriel, who stand in God’s presence, and I have been sent to speak to you and bring you this good news. Look! Since you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time, you will be silenced and have no power of speech until this has happened.’

Sometime later his wife Elizabeth conceived and for five months she kept to herself, saying, ‘The Lord has done this for me, now that it has pleased him to take away the humiliation I suffered in public.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The Gospel today tells us that God gives HOPE and that nothing is impossible with God. In this Advent season of blessedness, pray that as hearts are broken, dreams are shattered or life is being badly impacted, people will not lose sight of the presence of divine Hope.


  • Turn to our God of infinite mercy and grace who has given us everything, including the gift of His Son. Ask Him to help you to turn away from any unknown selfishness within and to embrace a life of joyful obedience to His Word that brings JOY to your heart.


  • Open your heart to receive His Gifts of HOPE, JOY and PEACE and “be peace, be joy and be hope to others.