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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Saturday, 19 December 2020 00:00

SATURDAY, 19 DECEMBER: O RADIX JESSE (O ROOT OF JESSE)

O Root of Jesse’s stem,
 sign of God’s love for all his people:
 come to save us without delay!

And the angel said to him in reply,
“I am Gabriel, who stand before God.
I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. 
But now you will be speechless and unable to talk
until the day these things take place,
because you did not believe my words,
which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”
(Lk 1:5-25)

Luke’s Infancy Narrative is a double experience: two annunciations, two nativities, two hymns of praise. But what a contrast in the two annunciation stories, the priest who fails to believe, and the young girl who says “Let it be done to me as you said.” And what a fitting punishment for a priest: to be mute, until the child is born! The picture is the Annunication to Zechariah. The Christmas Carol is Mi Burrito Sabanero that is very popular in Colombia.

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