[featured_image]Family Advent: Day 5 – The Gift of Mercy

John the Baptist (Read Luke 1:57-80)

On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” (vv 59-63)

1. Why didn’t Zechariah and Elizabeth like the name the neighbors chose for their baby?
2. What was the first thing Zechariah did when he was able to speak?
3. What was John going to do when he grew up?