Feast of Nativity of John the Baptist : Thursday 24th June, 2021

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Dear Friend in the Lord,

John the Baptist: Today’s Gospel episode captures the Birth of John the Baptist within which the divine mystery of God’s Plan of Salvation unfolds.  Ponder on, “God chooses special people like: Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth and other great Prophets for His Plans.  God too wants us to participate in His Plan of Salvation.”

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 shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.

Now 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.

          The child grew up and his spirit matured. And he lived out in the wilderness until the day he appeared openly to Israel.