Look to St. John the Baptist

Today, the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist calls us all to revisit our responsibilities as followers of Christ.  St. John leaped in his mother’s womb at the approach of his Lord. By doing so he announced to his mother something special was about to happen.  St. John entered the social consciousness by proclaiming repentance and conversion as our Lord was about to make His message known.  St. John the Baptist pointed everyone away from himself and towards who and what really mattered, Jesus and His Gospel message.  St. John the Baptist did not concern himself with how he was viewed by others; all that mattered was that his Lord’s message was made known.  He gave no regard for his physical comfort or safety in this realm because it was eternity that mattered.

We too go before the Lord as St. John did, to alert everyone about the Lord’s arrival; we herald His coming into the hearts of the people.  We will meet with resistance and hostility as we cause those we proclaim to to open their eyes, minds and hearts – we wake them from their self-centered sleep to reality.  Our love for our Lord should be like St. John the Baptist’s, where our concern for how people will react and treat us is not as important as our concern for their eternal welfare, their life with Christ. And our peace of mind should be as strong as St. John the Baptist’s. We should know in our hearts, as he did, that come what may from our proclaiming the Gospel, our Lord is with us always helping us and leading our tongues and hearts. St. John the Baptist witnessed to the words of Jeremiah:

“The word of the LORD came to me:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,
“I do not know how to speak. I am too young!”

But the LORD answered me,
Do not say, “I am too young.”
To whomever I send you, you shall go;
whatever I command you, you shall speak.

Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you—oracle of the LORD.”[1]

St. John the Baptist pray for us and Happy Birthday!

 

 

[1] Jeremiah 1:4-8

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