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Luke 1:68-79 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

On this Second Sunday of Advent we will read from the Gospel according to Luke, and hear from John the Baptist's father - Zechariah, the temple priest. The Scripture text is known as "Zechariah's Song" and is a prophetic message regarding what God is doing in the mission and ministry of both John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. Our theme for the day, as we continue our journey through the holy season of Advent is: the preparation of our spiritual lives during Advent contrasts sharply with the commercial preparations found in stores and decorations.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Luke. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Luke 1:68-79).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • As background reading to better understand the context of our Scripture reflection, you may be interested to learn more about Zechariah's experience with the visit of the angel Gabriel and the divine visit telling of the birth of John: (Luke 1:5-25) and (Luke 1:57-67).

  • Read the Scripture lesson for the week and reflect on the following: what role is Zechariah now playing in preparing for the mission and ministry of his son, John? How do you think Zechariah and Elizabeth will continue to teach and support their son in his life as a prophet?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, and reflect on the following: How does Zechariah's perspective seem to have changed since he first met the angel Gabriel? We don't really have any evidence from Scripture that Zechariah was "arrogant" as the author says, but what has increased Zechariah's faith in God through the actions of the birth of his son?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on the following: How would you define the term "tender mercies" and what does that mean with your relationship with God? What kind of "peace" do you think God has in store, as told from the words of Zechariah's song?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the following: following the words of the author, "look deeply into your heart and search where changes might be needed, so that you may find repentance and redemption."

  • Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on how you might make changes in your life during this holy season of Advent, to find "true peace, that happens when we are right with God," as the author states.

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