Posted by: frburke23 | December 18, 2011

Thought for December 19

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25a

There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,
whose name was Manoah.
His wife was barren and had borne no children.
An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,
“Though you are barren and have had no children,
yet you will conceive and bear a son.
Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink
and to eat nothing unclean.
As for the son you will conceive and bear,
no razor shall touch his head,
for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb.
It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel
from the power of the Philistines.”

The woman went and told her husband,
“A man of God came to me;
he had the appearance of an angel of God, terrible indeed.
I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name.
But he said to me,
‘You will be with child and will bear a son.
So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean.
For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb,
until the day of his death.'”

The woman bore a son and named him Samson.
The boy grew up and the LORD blessed him;
the Spirit of the LORD stirred him.


Today we have the story of the conception and birth of Samson.  His mother was barren and an angel of the Lord appeared to her telling her that she would conceive and bear a son.  Does this sound familiar?  This boy was to be consecrated to God and a razor should never touch his head.  Samson would deliver Israel from the power of the Philistines. 

God has intervened many times in history in order to bring about His kingdom – through Samson, John the Baptist, Jesus.  I believe that God continues to intervene in our world today to bring about His kingdom.  We may not always see virgin conceptions foretold by angels, but we are called to bring Christ’s presence into the world daily.

What can we learn from this story?

  • As parents, we are called to consecrate our children to God and do all we can to teach them the ways of Jesus.
  • How am I making Jesus present in my family, workplace, school, …?
  • They found Samson’s weakness by cutting his hair.  Where are my weak points, the areas where the evil attacks me?  Where do I need to ask God’s grace to fill me so I don’t fall to temptation?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

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  1. I just wanted you to know that I really enjoy your column and learn a lot from it. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year and keep your “Thoughts for the Day” coming.

    • Thank you Sarah. Have a blessed Christmas season!

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