Readings for Monday of the Fourth Week in Advent: Judges 13: 2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71; Luke 1:5-25
"And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained mute." Luke 1:22
In today's Gospel reading, St. Luke introduces us the Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and recounts how the angel Gabriel came to him in the temple and pre-announced John's birth. But Zechariah did not believe the angel's words, and therefore was struck mute until John's birth. (Luke 1:18-20) After he emerged from the temple, all Zechariah could do was make signs to the people to try to explain what he had just seen.
I can relate to Zechariah. Too often, I feel mute and unable to speak about God to others. Sometimes I feel like nothing I could say will truly do Him justice or fully explain what it means to be a disciple of Christ. But like Zechariah, it is those times when our "signs" or actions can speak louder than words. For often, we can "proclaim [His] wondrous deeds" (Psalm 71:17) through how we treat others more effectively than through forms of evangelization. Ultimately, charity wins more hearts to Christ than persuasive theological arguments. So if you find yourself mute these final days of Advent, show others the love of Christ through your signs.
God love you.