Posted in homily by frtonys on June 24, 2020

The birth of John the Baptist was also an act of God as was the Birth of Jesus Christ. This is because the events surrounding their births were similar, especially the visit by The Angel Gabriel to deliver the Good News

Zechariah was told of God’s plan that the elderly, childless couple would have a son whom they were to name John, He was to be a servant through whom God would reveal divine glory. In the Gospel of Luke the angel Gabriel tells the aged priest Zachariah that he’s going to have a son. But Zachariah wants proof. How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years. As a result, God takes Zachariah’s voice.

The angel says to him, “I am Gabriel, I have been sent to tell you this good news. Now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words.

So in today’s Gospel, we see how God influenced the birth and his naming too. He was chosen by God. His father Zachariah had doubted God’s Word, he was struck mute until during John’s circumcision he acknowledged God’s word and named his son John as God had instructed.

So, today, let us celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and aspire to make way in our hearts so that our Lord Jesus Christ can pass through.

Just like John the Baptist who said that he is not fit to untie the laces of Jesus’ sandals, let us humble ourselves before our Lord, Love Him, glorify Him and praise Him because He is our Savior.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we love You and we praise You. We make the way for You to pass to our hearts. Strengthen us with Your Word which is Spirit, Truth, and Life and we shall inherit the Kingdom of God on the last day. Amen

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