“The Dawn From on High Shall Break Upon Us”

I imagine that for many of you it has been a hectic week as you make last minute preparations for Christmas.  It has been that for me and for everyone I know.

Regardless of what you still might have left to do today,  be sure to take a moment to reflect on the gift of peace which we celebrate on this upcoming silent night.

The gospel reading for this morning’s liturgy contains one of my favorite lines from Scripture.  The reading, Luke 1: 67-79,  is the Canticle of Zechariah, and ends with these words, which are worth contemplating as we spend our final day waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ:

“In the tender compassion of our God,  the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

May it ever be so.

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry

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2 Responses to “The Dawn From on High Shall Break Upon Us”

  1. Thanks Frank. I was asked to preside at Christmas Eve Mass at a small intentional community that my parents are a part of here in Florida, and your brief reflection here ties in so nicely with what I had prepared to say during the homily. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to steal this for my conclusion!

  2. Go right ahead, Tim. After all, I stole it from St. Luke! :)
    Merry Christmas!

    Frank

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