Saints Elisabeth and Zechariah were an elderly couple who have been described as “law-abiding.” They were good people who loved God and lived an exemplary life. Zachariah was in fact, a priest of the Jewish temple.
For Jewish couples, it was important to have a child as Jews prayed and pleaded God while they waited for the birth of a Messiah.
Elisabeth and Zechariah had hoped to become parents to a child, but time was passing them by and the possibility for Elisabeth to have a child had become practically impossible.
However they did not move away from God. They remained faithful to their beliefs even though they might have felt disappointed. They might have also felt humiliated because in the Jewish culture, when a couple failed to have a child it meant that one is not blessed by God.
God had a plan for this couple!
Eventually they did have a child. Angel Gabriel announced to Zechariah, when it was his turn to offer sacrifice in the temple, that Elisabeth would bear him a son. That child was to be John the Baptist, who was assigned to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah.
Zechariah should have rejoiced with this news… If he had believed the angel! Instead he doubted. He became dumb. It was a test for him, to reflect and to listen to the message of God for him. And when he spoke again it was to fulfil God’s will for him, for his wife and for their child.
Besides watching the video, you might consider looking up the event with the older children, from the Gospel of St Luke (Lk 1, 57-66).
Saints Elisabeth and Zechariah are the parents of Saint John the Baptist. They prayed a lot to have a baby and God gave them this beautiful gift even though they were very old. Zechariah did not believe, at first, and as a matter of fact, Zechariah could not speak till the circumcision of John.