Wenesday, 24 July 2024 - San Charbel (Giuseppe) Makhluf ( Letture di oggi)

Luke 1


1Since, indeed, many have attempted to set in order a narrative of the things that have been completed among us,2just as they have been handed on to those of us who from the beginning saw the same and were ministers of the word,3so it seemed good to me also, having diligently followed everything from the beginning, to write to you, in an orderly manner, most excellent Theophilus,4so that you might know the truthfulness of those words by which you have been instructed.5There was, in the days of Herod, king of Judea, a certain priest named Zechariah, of the section of Abijah, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.6Now they were both just before God, progressing in all of the commandments and the justifications of the Lord without blame.7And they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both had become advanced in years.8Then it happened that, when he was exercising the priesthood before God, in the order of his section,9according to the custom of the priesthood, the lot fell so that he would offer incense, entering into the temple of the Lord.10And the entire multitude of the people was praying outside, at the hour of incense.11Then there appeared to him an Angel of the Lord, standing at the right of the altar of incense.12And upon seeing him, Zechariah was disturbed, and fear fell over him.13But the Angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth shall bear a son to you. And you shall call his name John.14And there will be joy and exultation for you, and many will rejoice in his nativity.15For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.16And he will convert many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.17And he will go before him with the spirit and power of Elijah, so that he may turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the incredulous to the prudence of the just, so as to prepare for the Lord a completed people.”18And Zechariah said to the Angel: “How may I know this? For I am elderly, and my wife is advanced in years.”19And in response, the Angel said to him: “I am Gabriel, who stands before God, and I have been sent to speak to you, and to proclaim these things to you.20And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak, until the day on which these things shall be, because you have not believed my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”21And the people were waiting for Zechariah. And they wondered why he was being delayed in the temple.22Then, when he came out, he was unable to speak to them. And they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he was making signs to them, but he remained mute.23And it happened that, after the days of his office were completed, he went away to his house.24Then, after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she hid herself for five months, saying:25“For the Lord did this for me, at the time when he decided to take away my reproach among men.”26Then, in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.28And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”29And when she had heard this, she was disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be.30And the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.31Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name: JESUS.32He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity.33And his kingdom shall have no end.”34Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done, since I do not know man?”35And in response, the Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. And because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son of God.36And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.37For no word will be impossible with God.”38Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.39And in those days, Mary, rising up, traveled quickly into the hill country, to a city of Judah.40And she entered into the house of Zechariah, and she greeted Elizabeth.41And it happened that, as Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.42And she cried out with a loud voice and said: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.43And how does this concern me, so that the mother of my Lord would come to me?44For behold, as the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.45And blessed are you who believed, for the things that were spoken to you by the Lord shall be accomplished.”46And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord.47And my spirit leaps for joy in God my Saviour.48For he has looked with favor on the humility of his handmaid. For behold, from this time, all generations shall call me blessed.49For he who is great has done great things for me, and holy is his name.50And his mercy is from generation to generations for those who fear him.51He has accomplished powerful deeds with his arm. He has scattered the arrogant in the intentions of their heart.52He has deposed the powerful from their seat, and he has exalted the humble.53He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.54He has taken up his servant Israel, mindful of his mercy,55just as he spoke to our fathers: to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”56Then Mary stayed with her for about three months. And she returned to her own house.57Now the time for Elizabeth to give birth arrived, and she brought forth a son.58And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy with her, and so they congratulated her.59And it happened that, on the eighth day, they arrived to circumcise the boy, and they called him by his father’s name, Zechariah.60And in response, his mother said: “Not so. Instead, he shall be called John.”61And they said to her, “But there is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”62Then they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him to be called.63And requesting a writing tablet, he wrote, saying: “His name is John.” And they all wondered.64Then, at once, his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosened, and he spoke, blessing God.65And fear fell upon all of their neighbors. And all these words were made known throughout all the hill country of Judea.66And all those who heard it stored it up in their heart, saying: “What do you think this boy will be?” And indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.67And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. And he prophesied, saying:68“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel. For he has visited and has wrought the redemption of his people.69And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of David his servant,70just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets, who are from ages past:71salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all those who hate us,72to accomplish mercy with our fathers, and to call to mind his holy testament,73the oath, which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us,74so that, having been freed from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,75in holiness and in justice before him, throughout all our days.76And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the face of the Lord: to prepare his ways,77to give knowledge of salvation to his people for the remission of their sins,78through the heart of the mercy of our God, by which, descending from on high, he has visited us,79to illuminate those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to direct our feet in the way of peace.”80And the child grew, and he was strengthened in spirit. And he was in the wilderness, until the day of his manifestation to Israel.