The hearts of parents to their children

Today’s readings are: Psalm 146; Zephaniah 3.14–20; Luke 1.5–25.

Luke sets the scene for the coming of Jesus with the announcement of John the Baptist’s birth. John will come to prepare the way for Jesus and will act in the spirit of Elijah to ‘turn the hearts of parents to their children’ (Luke 1.17 cf. Malachi 4.6).

At Christmas, the hearts of parents are turned toward their children more than at any other time of year. In many households, children become the centre of attention and are showered with gifts. Yet I cannot help something more might be required. John the Baptist calls us to a continuing conversion whereby we might increasingly live so as to make a difference for the next generation.

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