Feast: Nativity of St John the Baptist: Saturday 24th June, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Our True Treasures” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims to His disciples, “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, but store up treasures in heaven.”  Ponder on, “The earthly ‘treasures’ of material wealth, social status, power and glory are great temptations of the secular world that draw our attention and lifestyles away from God’s Will and Ways.”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Luke 1:57-64,80

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had lavished on her his faithful love, they shared her joy.

Now it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said, ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name,’ and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God.

Meanwhile the child grew up and his spirit grew strong. And he lived in the desert until the day he appeared openly to Israel.