A priest who visited Kenya last month returned with one thought that the poor always have time for the Lord. He said that the Churches are packed with people who have nothing but always dedicate time for the Lord.....wherever he went he encountered a lot of people who with great faith love the Lord......and give their precisous time.....During this season, we must have the same thoughts and aspirations as King David who wanted to build a house for Yahweh. Our love for Christ should impel us to aspire for a more fitting dwelling place for our Savior who came into our world without the pomp and pageantry that usually accompany an earthly king. Although he could have summoned a host of angels to pay homage to him, he chose to be born on a manger, attended to by poor shepherds. Although he is the King of kings, he came in unannounced and in very poor conditions. Therefore more than any earthly dwelling we can offer to God, we can be the temple of his Spirit provided we make ourselves holy and a fitting abode for our God.
The Canticle of Zechariah is a hymn of praise for the salvation that was to come through the Messiah. While Zechariah must have been thinking about God’s promises to the nation of Israel to deliver her from her enemies, God’s mission for the Messiah was a bit different. The coming of Jesus was God’s gift to save us from the bondage of sin and not from any temporal power. Jesus brought with him a power of salvation to save us from the power of Satan. He came into the world bearing with him the fullness of God’s grace, mercy and love. Surely there is every reason to exalt him as Zechariah did and make a promise to “serve him in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.”