Gospel Luke 1: 57-66, 80
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
"No. He will be called John."
But they answered her,
"There is no one among your relatives who has this name."
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name,"
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
"What, then, will this child be?"
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.
+Come Holy Spirit creator Blessed and in our souls take up your rest, come with your grace and heavenly aid, to the fill hearts which Thou hast made. Amen.
In this passage there seems to be some 'commotion' over the choice of the infants name, and how familiar is that? When parents have a newborn baby, oftentimes they 'hold off' on sharing the infants name until they are in harmony with each other about the choice of the name and why is that? Because a name holds a future identity and that is something great. In this instance the parents were in harmony but others around them were not because it was out of the norm, it didn't make sense, it didn't follow a 'pattern.' But the Spirit of God is free and breathes where He wills. John being already filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb, was already stirring hearts. His name held not only his identity but also a greater fullness: Others did not ask 'who will this child be?' but 'what will this child be?', denoting a mission. That mission is wrapped up in the unusual and clearly God filled circumstances surrounding this child. From the very beginning even from when he was first in Elizabeth's womb, John is already stirring our hearts to God, lifting us up in awe and wonder.
Sometimes we can look at our lives and feel that there is nothing unique or special and so we run the risk of living a life of mediocrity. But we are not called to that, we are called into a fullness of life. We too have a mission in God. It is distinct, it is how we will glorify God in our lives, because it is 'what' we were created for in the first place. It is our path of love!
+Prayer The Glory of God is a human being fully alive" (St Ireaneus)