On the fact that Zechariah fell mute.
WHEN THE PRIEST Zechariah offers incense in the temple, he is condemned to silence and cannot speak. Or better, he speaks only with gestures. He remains mute until the birth of his son John. What does this mean? Zechariah's silence is the silence of prophets in the people of Israel.1. God no longer speaks to them. His 'Word, which was with the Father from the beginning, and was God,"2. has passed over to us. For us Christ is not silent; for the Jews he is silent even to this day. Therefore, Zechariah the prophet was also silent. His words make it quite clear that he was both a prophet and a priest. But what does the phrase that follows mean, namely, "He kept nodding to them"3.--that is, he compensated for the loss of his voice with signs? I think that there are deeds that are no different from empty signs because they lack words and reason.4. But, when words and reason come first and the deed follows, the deeds are not mere signs; they are endowed with rationality.
2. Consider the Jewish practices. They lack words and rea-____________________