68. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. 70. (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71. Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
Zechariah sings a hymn of praise after the birth and naming of his infant son, who would grow up to become John the Baptist. I find it amusing how Zechariah sings so eloquently after having being struck mute for nine months! At least Zechariah did not choose to quarrel with his wife immediately upon regaining speech. In any case, Zechariah’s song is very much like a Psalm—a prayer in the past tense. He sings as if salvation from enemies had already been given. Indeed, Zechariah’s son was to prepare the Israelites for liberation from an unseen enemy: sin.
I pray to you, Great Lord, for your forgiveness— Of you All-Conquering Christ I plead for wholeness. Grant me clemency before your Law and build my strength to make other people whole as well.