Hark, the Herald
Today, I’ll say “yes” to one thing that God has been asking of me
by Father Edward McIlmail, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord, as I humbly kneel before you in
prayer, I recognize your power and glory. Without you, I am nothing; , but with you I can do all
things. With this trust, I implore you to help me make good use of this time of prayer, as an
expression of my deep desire to love and imitate you. I am here to please and glorify you.
me to appreciate more deeply appreciate the role of parents and families as domestic
1. Amazing Grace: Elizabeth and Zechariah
received the great grace of a child in their old age. And not just any child: he was John the
Baptist. To ready him for his great vocation, he would need the love and guidance that are unique to
parents. Great people often trace their path from the love of a mom or dad (frequently both), who
might remain hidden from the world. Am I grateful to my parents for what I received from them? Am I
regularly seeking what is truly best for my spouse and children and not just what seems best in the
eyes of the world? Do I always see everyone around me as someone’s child, parent or
2. God’s Call: The child would not be named
after his father, but rather would receive the name God chose. The great tension in the life of a
child (and sometimes an adult) is the close identity they have with a parent ― or with a
parent’s plans for their life. In truth, our identity rests in our heavenly Father. God alone gives
us meaning and a vocation in life. Could there be expectations of a parent or other family member
that hold me back from God’s plan for me? Or, if I am a parent, do I unjustly impose my plans on my
children? Do I interfere in his or hertheir vocation? In his or hertheir marriage?
3. Zechariah’s “Yes”: Zechariah’s voice returns only after he
acquiesces to God’s plan and agrees to the child’s name. When we finally say “yes” to God in our
life, that’s when we find the deepest meaning of our lives. That’s when we can express ourselves the
best. Am I keeping God waiting?
Christ: Lord, Zechariah took a long and winding road on his path over nine months. Let me see
my own life as a path, and have patience with those who are still on their path.
Resolution: Today, I’ll say “yes” to one thing that God has been
asking of me.