Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist
- Reading I: Isaiah 49:1-6
- Resp. Psalm: Psalm 139
- Reading II: Acts 13:22-26
- Gospel Reading: Luke 1:57-66,80
John the Baptist and the Voice of the Bridegroom
There are only three persons in the liturgical calendar whose nativities are celebrated: Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist. I used the word "nativity" and not "birthday" because this latter was used in antiquity to refer to a saint’s day of passing into eternal life. So why is John the Baptist so important? The answer is not difficult to find: he is the precursor, the one who introduced Jesus’ ministry.
John the Baptist is a type of the Church: he was the one whose life was a pointer to the Messiah. Just as the Baptist announced the first time that the Lord made his public appearance, so too the Church points to the definite public appearance of the Lord as King and Judge of all. And just as the only thing that mattered to John was to hear the voice of the Lord, so too, every Christian born of the waters of baptism, should learn to rejoice in listening the to the Lord’s voice.
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