Le 23 Decembre

Publié le 22 Décembre 2015

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Luc 1,57-66.


Quand fut accompli le temps où Élisabeth devait enfanter, elle mit au monde un fils.
Ses voisins et sa famille apprirent que le Seigneur lui avait montré la grandeur de sa miséricorde, et ils se réjouissaient avec elle.
Le huitième jour, ils vinrent pour la circoncision de l’enfant. Ils voulaient l’appeler Zacharie, du nom de son père.
Mais sa mère prit la parole et déclara : « Non, il s’appellera Jean. »
On lui dit : « Personne dans ta famille ne porte ce nom-là ! »
On demandait par signes au père comment il voulait l’appeler.
Il se fit donner une tablette sur laquelle il écrivit : « Jean est son nom. » Et tout le monde en fut étonné.
À l’instant même, sa bouche s’ouvrit, sa langue se délia : il parlait et il bénissait Dieu.
La crainte saisit alors tous les gens du voisinage et, dans toute la région montagneuse de Judée, on racontait tous ces événements.
Tous ceux qui les apprenaient les conservaient dans leur cœur et disaient : « Que sera donc cet enfant ? » En effet, la main du Seigneur était avec lui.

Commentaire du jour


Saint Augustin (354-430), évêque d'Hippone (Afrique du Nord) et docteur de l'Église
Sermon 293,3, pour la nativité de Jean Baptiste (trad. bréviaire 24/06)

« Sa bouche s'ouvrit, sa langue se délia : ... il bénissait Dieu »

Zacharie se tait et perd la parole jusqu'à la naissance de Jean, précurseur du Seigneur, qui lui rend la parole. Que signifie le silence de Zacharie sinon que la prophétie a disparu, et qu'avant l'annonce du Christ, elle est comme cachée et close ? Elle s'ouvre à son avènement, elle devient claire pour l'arrivée de celui qui était prophétisé. La parole rendue à Zacharie à la naissance de Jean correspond au voile déchiré à la mort de Jésus sur la croix (Mt 27,51). Si Jean s'était annoncé lui-même, la bouche de Zacharie ne se serait pas rouverte.



La parole lui est rendue à cause de la naissance de celui qui est la voix ; car on demandait à Jean, qui annonçait déjà le Seigneur : « Toi, qui es-tu ? » Et il a répondu : « Je suis la voix qui crie dans le désert ». La voix, c'est Jean, tandis que le Seigneur est la Parole : « Au commencement était le Verbe ». Jean, c'est la voix pour un temps ; le Christ, c'est le Verbe au commencement, c'est le Verbe éternel.

In English

Scripture: Luke 1:57-66

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58 And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John." 61 And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by this name." 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all marveled. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him.

The message

Silence of Zachary might have taught him all that he couldn’t learn from his youthfulness to his old age. A sacred silence does help us to understand, meditate and contemplate not only what we have learned in life, but also the silence teaching of God in our life and His immense presence and accompaniment. Thus let us learn to appreciate the different kinds of silence in our personal life and ask the Lord to open our intelligence to understand and accept the message communicated to us, though in silence.

God makes use of ordinary events of life to explain to people His extraordinary way of acting. God’s action though remain a mystery for us, the people who are faithful to His words, will be given the grace to interpret them. Only then, we the ordinary people will discover this divine intervention in our personal life, and will be able to glorify God.

It is wise therefore to look everything with the eye of faith, the same way God looks at the events. If we learn to look everything with an open mind and sincere heart, filled with love and compassion of the Father, this year of mercy will be a grace not only to us, but also to all those who are related to us. It is in this love and mercy we are called to welcome the new born Child and admire the mystery of Incarnation.


Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Sermon 293, 3, for the nativity of John the Baptist (trans. breviary 24/06)

“His mouth was opened, his tongue freed: ... he blessed God”

Zachary fell silent and lost the power of speech until John, the Lord's precursor, was born and restored his speech. Is Zachary's silence a hidden prophecy, kept secret and, as it were, pent up before Christ could be proclaimed? His speech was restored at John's birth, his voice was made clear when he came as had been foretold. The restoration of Zachary's power of speech is like the rending of the veil of the temple when Christ was crucified (Mt 27,51). If John proclaimed himself, he could not have restored his father's speech.

Zachary's tongue was loosened because a voice was born. When John was announcing our Lord's coming he was asked: “Who are you?” He replied: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” John was a 'voice', but in the beginning the Lord was the Word. John was a voice for a time: but Christ, who in the beginning was the Word, is the Word in eternity

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