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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s Mass  Readings

Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist

June 24, 2016

Luke 1:57-66; 80.

St. John the Baptist role is to prepare us to receive God’s graciousness, God’s favor.

“His name is John.”

In Hebrew the name John means
“the Lord is gracious” or “the Lord shows favor.”

God was certainly gracious

to bless Zechariah and Elizabeth with a child.
For we know that Elizabeth was barren
and beyond childbearing.

The announcement of his birth was a double joy.

The Lord did more than show his graciousness to this couple.
He showed his graciousness to the whole world
because when St. John the Baptist came on the scene
Israel had not heard a prophetic voice for over 400 years.

He is the voice that cries out in our wilderness calling us to repentance which prepares the way of the Lord.

St. John’s voice was not silenced after his martyrdom.
He is the voice crying out in our conscience, “Come back to the Lord.”

So his role is to prepare us
to receive God’s graciousness, God’s favor.

When we welcome his graciousness
knocking at the door of our hearts,
we experience mercy.
May others experience God’s graciousness in us
so that John’s voice will continue to cry out in us,
“Prepare the way of the Lord!”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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