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Gospel Reflection

For the Son of Man was raised up
so that everyone who believes in Jesus
may have eternal life.

Look on Jesus, lifted up,
lifted high to redeem the world.

Gospel Reading - The birth of John the Baptist

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57By now Elizabeth’s waiting was over, for the time had come for the baby to be born — and it was a boy. 58The word spread quickly to her neighbors and relatives of how kind the Lord had been to her, and everyone rejoiced.

59When the baby was eight days old, all the relatives and friends came for the circumcision ceremony. They all assumed the baby’s name would be Zacharias, after his father.

60But Elizabeth said, “No! He must be named John!”

61“What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” 62So they asked the baby’s father, talking to him by gestures.a

63He motioned for a piece of paper and to everyone’s surprise wrote, “His name is John!” 64Instantly Zacharias could speak again, and he began praising God.

65Wonder fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread through the Judean hills. 66And everyone who heard about it thought long thoughts and asked, “I wonder what this child will turn out to be? For the hand of the Lord is surely upon him in some special way.”

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80The little boy greatly loved Godb and when he grew up he lived out in the lonely wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel.

. . . . .Luke 1:57-66,80
  1. Zacharias was apparently stone deaf as well as speechless, and had not heard what his wife had said.
  2. “became strong in spirit.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.