December 23rd – Fourth Wednesday of Advent

23Today’s Gospel

“All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, ‘What, then, will this child be?’ (Luke 1:66).”

Daily Advent Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading shows Zechariah naming his son John. This week we are moving towards the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Thursday. The theme is anticipation and expectancy – although the media is changing its focus from Christmas presents to post-Christmas sales. We need to try to sustain our focus on Advent as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child. We know what he will turn out to be – we have the familiar narrative. There is an opportunity here to reflect on our own journey through life.

Daily Advent Challenge

“Today I will spend some time reflecting on my own life journey. Who have I turned out to be? For which parts of who I am today am I grateful? Are there things I need to change – things that don’t resonate with the Christian life?”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark