Third Saturday of Advent

December 19, 2020

First Reading Judges 13:2-7, 24-25A
Gospel Luke 1:5-25

Artwork by Ava D. | Class of 2023

The angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard…”
- Luke 1:13

Prayer is fundamental to our relationship with our blessed Lord. Essentially, what we do in prayer is to strengthen that friendship with time. Consider how important time is in building a relationship; the more time you spend with someone the closer you become. Let me offer some quotes on prayer from a few saints as the Season of Advent is coming to its fourth week.

Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.
– St. John Chrysostom

Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God. 
– St. Pio di Pietrelcina

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. 
– St. Teresa of Calcutta

Prayer is in fact the recognition of our limits and our dependence: we come from God, we are of God, and to God we return.
– St. John Paul II

I hope these quotes inspire you to be like Zachariah, faithful and persistent for the sake of his family! His family was blessed with an answered prayer, and even in his disbelief, he found consolation in the graces bestowed on him because of his faithfulness.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.
– St. John Paul II

Advent is the season preparing our hearts to encounter the risen Lord. Let us be strong for our families, for our children, for our neighbors, and friends. In today’s readings, we are reminded that God can work wonders if we have a heart that seeks Him out. Together we can sustain each other, praying for one another, so that we may walk in the light of hope that Christ Jesus offers to each one of us through the celebration of His incarnation! 

By Dario Mobini
Theology Teacher