December 8

Luke 3:1-3

“during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.” vs. 2

John wasn’t ordained…he wasn’t even a licensed preacher. He had no credentials or standing to set him apart…he didn’t even live in Jerusalem. He may have belonged to the mysterious party of renegades who had set up shop at Qumran…no one knows for sure. But at a particular time in an unlikely place the word of God had come to him…and he had responded. That happens sometimes…in the middle of life, with no warning at all, a word comes, and we’re convinced it has come from God. Sometimes it’s a word of judgment and before we know it we’re speaking against injustice, pointing out deeds and actions that need to be changed or reformed. Those words are important…they expose sin and violence against the oppressed. If we don’t speak them, perhaps no one will. At other moments the words will be gentle and kind, and we speak them to lift up broken hearts and heal wounded spirits. These too are important words…they offer compassion and love that come straight from the heart of God. To be the mouthpiece of God is a crucial calling, not one to be ignored, and silence is never an option for the faithful. For better or for worse that word from God demands to be spoken…and in the speaking the world is changed!

Thought for the Day: A time when the word of God came to me!

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