Benedictus/Monday, December 14, 2015

Luke 1:67-75

His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68″Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

because he has come and has redeemed his people.

69He 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),

71salvation from our enemies

and from the hand of all who hate us—

72to show mercy to our fathers

and to remember his holy covenant,

73the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

74to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,

and to enable us to serve him without fear

75in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

Commentary: This “song of Zechariah” is most likely a hymn known to the gospel writer, possibly even used by the followers of John the Baptizer. In the Western world, it is often known as the “Benedictus” from the first word in the Latin text. Like Hannah’s song and Mary’s song, this canticle sings God’s praise, but also gives a preview of the world that the early church believed was to come.

To Ponder: For what would you praise God today? What hopes do you have for the future? What do you believe is God’s plan for your future?

And for a setting of this by Simon and Garfunkel

 

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