It is 24th June 2020. We celebrate the solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist. The readings are from Isaiah 49:1-6; the second reading is from Acts 13:22-26; and the Gospel from Luke 1:57-66, 80.
Every birth is an unpacked bundle of joy with its blessings and challenges. Every birth of child adds color, touch, and exquisiteness to the world around and the family of origin. The message every child brings into the world is so special and exceptionally unique.
Every call is for a cause and commitment. No one is called for nothing. God chooses us to bring God’s glory in the way we are to each other. “You are my servant through whom I show my glory.” (Is.49:3). God wants us to play a unique and specific role in the world different from others.
The readings highlight the intention, the vision and the mission of today’s saint.
The intention of God for each one is to bring out the light of the risen Lord.
Our work remains useless, unrewarding, and done in vain when it is done to be appreciated and recognized by people.
As we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist, we need to believe that God wants us to shine among people by standing for truth and for God in simplicity and honesty. “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is. 49:6).
In the second reading, we are invited to lead others to God by fulfilling God’s wish of having a heart after God. Humility trains our being to recognize God and Christ in others. “I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.” (Acts.13:25). Preparing and proclaiming the way of the Lord is task entrusted us all.
The Gospel describes the birth of John the Baptist.
His name was John (Yehonan) and his name means “God is gracious” or “the grace of God”. His birth was a free and unexpected gift from God Zachariah and Elizabeth.
The Catechism reminds us about the saint in No. CCC 523 “St. John the Baptist is the Lord’s immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. “Prophet of the Most High”, John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last. He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother’s womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being “the friend of the bridegroom”, whom he points out as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”. Going before Jesus “in the spirit and power of Elijah”, John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom.
May our life point out Christ and our actions remind God to the humanity around. Let us spend some time today reflecting about our purpose, the vision and mission attached to our birth. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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