Re:Verse reading–Luke 1:1-38 (day three)
“How can I be sure of this?” Doubt is a function of our finiteness: We don’t know everything, so we doubt. Rightly channeled, doubt can press us on to further investigation of mystery. In that way, doubt can lead us to deeper faith. Zechariah and Mary both express doubt to the angelic messenger. In Zechariah’s case, lifelong training in the theological and scriptural tenets of the priesthood and the high holy work of service to his people has welled up in his soul as…skepticism. It’s as if Zechariah’s posture is one of looking back at the priesthood’s storied past and asking, “Where’d all the glory go?” Conversely, Mary seems to look out at the future from where she stands and ask, “What glories are yet to be?” Doubt isn’t a bad place to start. But it’s a terrible place to end up.