Our mighty savior has come, fulfilling God’s promise. What a cause for rejoicing! Zechariah rejoiced at knowing his son John would play a vital role in preparing the Lord’s path and heralding salvation through His name. We also rejoice as we share the peace of Emmanuel with others. We remember especially this night how God’s Word became flesh, showing us how to love unconditionally and taking our sins upon His own shoulders.

Zechariah’s wonderful prophecy can be summed up with perhaps the Bible’s greatest, most definitive scripture passage… that God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


Mike Gabriele is the Communications Director for the Maryland Province Jesuits, with offices in Towson, MD.