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June 24, 2021

Birth of John the Baptist

Lk 1: 57-66, 80 

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” 

Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 

All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

God’s mission for each of us

Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, one of three births celebrated by the Church - the Nativity of Mary, the Nativity of our Lord, and the Nativity of John the Baptist.  When Elizabeth and Zechariah name their son John, instead of a traditional family name, their friends and family are so amazed that they wonder “what then will this child become?” Such a break with tradition indicates the significance of God’s mission for John. We celebrate the birth of John the Baptist around the same time that the hours of daylight begin to slowly, often imperceptibly, decrease. Conversely, we celebrate the birth of Jesus around the same time that the hours of daylight slowly, often imperceptibly, increase. John’s mission was to be a light in the steadily increasing darkness to prepare the way for Jesus, the light of the world. He was sent to be a messenger to herald the arrival of the Messiah by proclaiming “a baptism of repentance to all people.” 

God has a special mission for each of us. What is God calling you to do today? How might you support others in their own missions today?

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

Prayer

Lord, give me the grace to labor with you
without seeking myself -
to live the Kingdom
in its full reality.

John Futrell, SJ


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June 24, 2021

Birth of John the Baptist

Lk 1: 57-66, 80 

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” 

Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 

All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

God’s mission for each of us

Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, one of three births celebrated by the Church - the Nativity of Mary, the Nativity of our Lord, and the Nativity of John the Baptist.  When Elizabeth and Zechariah name their son John, instead of a traditional family name, their friends and family are so amazed that they wonder “what then will this child become?” Such a break with tradition indicates the significance of God’s mission for John. We celebrate the birth of John the Baptist around the same time that the hours of daylight begin to slowly, often imperceptibly, decrease. Conversely, we celebrate the birth of Jesus around the same time that the hours of daylight slowly, often imperceptibly, increase. John’s mission was to be a light in the steadily increasing darkness to prepare the way for Jesus, the light of the world. He was sent to be a messenger to herald the arrival of the Messiah by proclaiming “a baptism of repentance to all people.” 

God has a special mission for each of us. What is God calling you to do today? How might you support others in their own missions today?

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. 

 

Prayer

Lord, give me the grace to labor with you
without seeking myself -
to live the Kingdom
in its full reality.

John Futrell, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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