Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent Mass in the Morning
And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost; and he prophesied, saying: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people: And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant: As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning: Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us: To perform mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy testament, The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us, That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear, In holiness and justice before him, all our days. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways: To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins: Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us: To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 1:67-79 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father your sending us what we need most, your loving Son to guide our steps. You gave us a powerful prophet in John the Baptist to prepare the way for Him. So we would no longer sit in darkness but in the light of your Son. He came to teach us to repent of our sins so we would be open to your Son Jesus. He gives us a path to you, because our human natures need repentance and forgiveness for the way we live our lives. What a prophet John the Baptist was to lead us home. May we seek to reconcile our heart and souls to you dear Father, for you are the home we seek. Amen