Today Father Jerry tells the story of a dedicated and admired physician who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Still groggy from the anesthesia, she listened to the surgeon’s words,” said Father Jerry. “She then closed her eyes for a brief moment, and said in a barely audible voice the most difficult words she had ever uttered…” What did she say to those in the room?
In the story of the birth of John the Baptist, Zachariah is finally able to embrace the promise of God. He rediscovers within himself, the faith of his ancestors that enables him to put aside his own doubts and fears, to embrace the joy and hope represented by the birth of a son, John. He finally surrenders his doubts and fears, and let God realize his vision for humanity’s salvation.
All of us in some way, to some degree, are vulnerable, hurting and despairing. Faithful God, help us to trust in Your word of compassion and mercy, and not hesitate to speak that word to all we encounter. Untie our tongues. Free us from our fears. And unbind us from our own sense of self.