Third Week of Advent (Year B) : Saturday, 23rd December 2023

Daily Word Of God

Luke 1:57-66a

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had lavished on her his faithful love, they shared her joy.

Now it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said, ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name,’ and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they were all astonished.

At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God. All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea. All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

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

  • John’s miraculous birth reveals God’s act of mercy in preparing His Chosen people for the coming of its Lord and Saviour, the Christ.


  • The Gospel tells us that all things are possible, like Elizabeth who bore a child in her old age, if we have faith and trust in God. How have you experienced this truth?


  • Each of us has a God-given vocation and mission in life. Are we aware of this?  Ponder on what this could mean to you and how will it affect your life style?