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<< Monday, December 24, 2018 >>
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
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Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 Luke 1:67-79
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"Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, uttered this prophecy." —Luke 1:67

Zechariah had been unable to speak for nine months. He repented, obeyed God, and "snapped out of it," as He was "filled with the Holy Spirit."

The Church is full of people like Zechariah. These people have prayed for years and are good people, but in some ways they are spiritually deaf, mute, blind, or paralyzed. Although they may be very active in their churches and doing a lot of good, something is holding them back from a full life in the Holy Spirit.

On this Christmas Eve day, the Lord is giving the grace to "snap out of it." The Lord is snapping chains right now. He is snapping His fingers, and people are waking up spiritually, facing reality, repenting, and giving their lives to Him. Hearts and minds are being opened to love Jesus, and tongues are being loosed (Lk 1:64) to witness for Jesus. The Lord is giving us instant freedom so that "rid of fear and delivered from the enemy, we should serve Him devoutly and through all our days be holy in His sight" (Lk 1:74-75). Before Christmas, "snap out of it."

Prayer: Father, when You snap Your fingers, may I wake up to Your love.
Promise: "I have been with you wherever you went, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you." —2 Sm 7:9
Praise: "Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel because He has visited and ransomed His people" (Lk 1:68).
(For a related teaching on Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior and God, order, view, or download our leaflet or order, listen to, or download our CD 43-1 or DVD 43 on our website.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 16, 2018.
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