Luke 1:59-66 NRSVue

59On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” 61They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” 62Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. 64Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

Some thoughts on this scripture

The neighbours of Elizabeth and Zechariah presumed that family traditions would continue – Zechariah was, after all, an establishment figure. These new parents were old enough and wise enough to know that their child deserved a new name – they knew that God works in new ways. I consider how I may limit myself or other people by my expectations, habits and traditions.