The Nativity of John the Baptist: Monday 24th June, 2024

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Dear Friend in the Lord,

John the Baptist’s Birth” – Faith: Today’s Gospel episode tells us about the miraculous birth and the divine name given to John the Baptist.  All these are God’s special Plans of preparing him to become a great proclaimer of the Coming of Jesus, the Messiah.  Ponder on, “How are you ‘special’ to God and how can you witness to Him, more fully, courageously and creatively?”

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.