The Two Readings today show us that God can give life to what is dead. And God gives life because he is the God of life. It is the will of God that we live. In the First Reading, Manoah and his wife believed the message of the angel and Samson was born. Zechariah is a different case.
The Angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. From this, we know that Zechariah was praying for a son. But when he was told this prayer was heard, he asked: how will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years. Despite praying for it, Zechariah did not believe his prayer will be answered. This is why he became mute because he did not believe his prayers were answered. When we pray, especially, when we pray for life, we believe God hears. This belief needs to be seen. In the case of the First Reading, the wife told her husband and the husband did not say anything. In the case of Zechariah, he asked how it will even be possible, now that he and his wife are old. To show our faith when God answers our prayers, we need to be silent and just accept it with gratitude. No more questions on how this can be done because the important thing is it will be done in due time.
As we approach Christmas, we continue to wait for the Lord. With this pandemic, our lives may seem useless. We may feel useless because of old age, disability, or inability to find a source of income. But, when we turn to God, we know he will give life to our lives. Everyone is called for a purpose. No one is useless because God does not make mistakes. If you think you are useless, turn to God and ask him to show you what he wants you to do. God can make us fruitful, despite our disabilities. What do we need to do to be useful? Simple: Believe in the Word of God, that he wants you to have life in abundance, one that bears much fruit that will last. Ask God for wisdom to see what he wants you to do.
Lord, I feel tired and lost. I feel neglected and useless. Yet I believe you have a plan for me. You did not created me by mistake. I believe, I bear much lasting fruit only when I turn to you and believe you have great plans for me, even in my current condition. You did not call me to do great things for you, but to do what you want me to do, to be faithful to you, to allow you into my life so you can do great things for me. St Zechariah and St Elizabeth, pray that I may learn to listen to God and believe in his promise.