The Holy Spirit

Daily reading: Luke 1:5-13, 57-80
Tuesday December 22, 2015

Focus passage: John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied. Luke 1:67

The active agent in Luke’s gospel is the Holy Spirit.  It is on the scene moving and shaking up the chaotic world of first century Israel.
And it’s not just Zechariah and Mary that are filled with the Spirit and speaking about it, so is Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth. 
They all echo what the prophet Joel says,

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh,
your sons and your daughters shall prophecy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female slaves,
in those days, I will pour out my spirit. (Joel 2:28-29)

The Holy Spirit helps Zechariah to paint the promised future.  He paints an image of the Kingdom of God. He like Mary sings in the past tense reminding us that God has been at work in our world and God continues to work in our world: Bringing to light the tension that we hold in Advent of the past, present and not yet future work of God in our world.

Prayer: Come Lord Jesus, be born anew in my life today.  Amen.


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