The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and told him his wife would give birth to a son, John the Baptist.
When Zechariah hesitated, the Angel said, “And now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will be silent, unable to speak, until the day these things take place”. (Luke 1:20)
Struck dumb could be translated as a hefty warning to all of us!
I wonder, how many times have I failed to believe God’s message, the Word of Jesus?
Lord Jesus, refresh me with your Holy Spirit and instil in me a new energy to do your will, without my many feeble questions!
Prayer: The Sick
Lord Jesus Christ,
you bore our sufferings and carried our sorrows.
In order to show us clearly,
the value of human weakness and patience,
graciously hear our prayers for the sick.
Grant that those who are weighed down,
with pain and other afflictions of illness,
may realise that they are among the chosen ones,
whom you call blessed.
Help them to understand,
that they are united with you in your sufferings,
for the salvation of the world. Amen.