Reading I: Isaiah 49:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Readings II: Acts 13:22-26
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:57-66, 80
When modern people read the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus they say that such events like the striking dumb of Zechariah or the Visitation or the Immaculate Conception don't happen. Usually they would be correct but such people miss the central point of all these stories; something wonderful is about to happen, God is coming into the world, nothing like this has ever happened before or shall ever happen again. The birth of Jesus is a one off event. No wonder it was surrounded by seemingly magical events. Such an event would nowadys be the subject of a great advertising campaign:
God sent John. He was the herald, the man who was to proclaim. John told people to be ready to make a choice. God was coming in human form and everyone was going to be called upon to choose.
Why do we celebrate his birth?
Because even today and every day we are being called upon to choose....are we with Jesus or not? Shall we repent or not? John constantly reminds us and points towards Jesus......he is still proclaiming...do we listen?