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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 23, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How many times have God spoken to us through His priests, His angels, His prophets, by way of the Holy Spirit and still we would not listen? On the occasions when we did listen an acted according to His Word did we not witness His power and Glory? Did others too who knew not look on in awe?

Today we celebrate the birth of the great and last prophet of the old testament our beloved St John the Baptist. He who was filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. He who encountered the fullness of Jesus by proximity and was yet unborn. He who overcame all obstacles to pave the way for our Lord. He who embraced his vocation to bring God’s people back to Him even if it meant martyrdom. To bring others to the feet of Jesus.

By way of our baptism, we too are prophets called to prepare the way, so that Jesus may enter the hearts of our fellowmen. To preach repentance and to guide them towards Jesus, those who have lapsed through the Sacrament of reconciliation. And in doing so, we must decrease while Jesus increases both in our lives and in the lives of our brethren. Amen.

24 June 2013The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist – Solemnity

GOSPEL Luke 1:57–66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.