Gospel text (Luke 1,67-79): Zechariah, filled with Holy Spirit, sang this canticle, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has come and redeemed his people. He has raised up for us a victorious Savior in the house of David his servant, as he promised through his prophets of old (…).
"And you, my child, shall be called prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the Lord to prepare the way for him and enable his people to know of their salvation when he comes to forgive their sins. This is the work of the mercy of our God, who comes from on high as a rising sun shining on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, and guiding our feet into the way of peace".
Comment: Zechariah’s “Benedictus”
Today, to Zechariah —who had remained mute for not having believed the Archangel Gabriel— God, later on, forgives him and grants him the gift of prophecy in the "Benedictus”. Praised be our Lord, because He has visited us. In the language of the ancient world “adventus” was a technical term used to indicate the arrival of an official or the visit of the king or emperor to a province. However, it could also mean the coming of the divinity that emerges from concealment, thus forcefully manifesting his divine power.
Jesus is the King who entered this poor province called “Earth” to pay us the privilege of His visit. Through it He enlightens us: in the darkness of History that was still not yet redeemed, the lamps of hope were only gradually being lit until finally, Christ, the Light of the World, came. Jesus Christ is the "mystery of salvation".
The Savior people were waiting for is greeted as the "Rising Star", the star that shows the way and guides me —now without any fears— towards the Salvation promised by God and achieved in Jesus Christ.
French archaeologists were shocked to discover the body of a woman who died in the 1600s in a great state of preservation, including all of her clothes.