Nativity of St John the Baptist: Monday 24th June, 2019

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Dear Friend in the Lord,

John the Baptist: Today’s Gospel gives the account of the divine mystery that surrounds John the Baptist’s miraculous birth.  In many ways God also relates to us in a personal and mysterious way, even though our mission may simply be to draw people like our family and colleagues, closer to God.

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.