“Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years’” (Luke 1:18).
While his wife may have had a barren womb (v.7), there seems to be a barrenness to the faith of Zacharias. The pronouncement of the angel regarding the birth of a son, John the Baptist, should have elicited a response of praise and thanksgiving. Instead, Zacharias’s disbelief produced only questions. A barren faith can lead us to being preoccupied with mysterious questions instead of pondering known answers. Reflection and acting upon what we do know is superior to the inaction of speculating upon what we do not.