For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading speaks volumes (literally) on how important it is to just listen and follow Your instructions. As You have shown in this readinhg, even Zechariah (John the Baptist's) father who was a priest, found it hard to just shut up and trust Your message as sent through Your Angel Gabriel. Zechariah was rendered absolutely speechless as the message that his aged and barren wife (Elizabeth) was going to have a child. The message was beyond his wildest dreams and expectations. In order that Zechariah could comprehend and have time to accept what was happening, he was made speechless. Now I understand why sometimes we have to be told to "shut up" or why I need to be rendered speechless or why I need to be shut down. Sometimes I say too much and others times I do not say enough. I do have Faith in You and Your Divine Guidance and I have no idea why I would choose to belief anything else. I know You are with me Father and I consciously choose to embrace a higher state of awareness that includes You. I am listening Father. I am listening for You to tell me the next step to take. Father, I ask You to increase my Faith, discipline and resolve so that when I encounter difficult circumstances, my spirit is calmed. I am certain that You have my best interests under Your Divine Control, Influence, Power and Love. I am knocking. I am seeking. I am asking You to help me and guide me all the days of my Life.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechari'ah, of the division of Abi'jah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,
9 according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.
11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And Zechari'ah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechari'ah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth;
15 for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God,
17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Eli'jah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared."
18 And Zechari'ah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."
19 And the angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this Good news.
20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time."
21 And the people were waiting for Zechari'ah, and they wondered at his delay in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained dumb.
23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.
24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying,
25 "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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