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Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist

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  • 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.

Links to The Birth of John the Baptist

  • Biographical Sketch: John the Baptist
  • Catholic Encyclopedia on John the Baptist
  • Catholic Culture on the Birth of John the Baptist
  • St. Augustine on the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
  • Bible Study: Luke 1:57-80
  • Manila Bulletin Article
  • A blog on the Birth of John the Baptist
  • A Homily on the Birth of John the Baptist (Fr. Tommy Lane)
  • Another Homily on the Birth of John the Baptist (Fr. Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP)

    • Isaiah 49:1-6
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      1Give ear, ye islands, and hearken, ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name.
      2And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow: in his quiver he hath hidden me.
      3And he said to me: Thou art my servant Israel, for in thee will I glory.
      4And I said: I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength without cause and in vain: therefore my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
      5And now saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be his servant, that I may bring back Jacob unto him, and Israel will not be gathered together: and I am glorified in the eyes of the Lord, and my God is made my strength.
      6And he said: It is a small thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to convert the dregs of Israel. Behold, I have given thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that thou mayst be my salvation even to the farthest part of the earth.
      Acts 13:22-26
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      22And when he had removed him, he raised them up David to be king: to whom giving testimony, he said: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my wills.
      23Of this man's seed God according to his promise, hath raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
      24John first preaching, before his coming, the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel.
      25And when John was fulfilling his course, he said: I am not he, whom you think me to be: but behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
      26Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you fear God, to you the word of this salvation is sent.
      Luke 1:57-66,80
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      57Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son.
      58And her neighbours and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her, and they congratulated with her.
      59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him by his father's name Zachary.
      60And his mother answering, said: Not so; but he shall be called John.
      61And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
      62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
      63And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered.
      64And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.
      65And fear came upon all their neighbours; and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea.
      66And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
      80And the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit; and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
      Luke 1:57-80
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      57Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son.
      58And her neighbours and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her, and they congratulated with her.
      59And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him by his father's name Zachary.
      60And his mother answering, said: Not so; but he shall be called John.
      61And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.
      62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
      63And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered.
      64And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.
      65And fear came upon all their neighbours; and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea.
      66And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
      67And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost; and he prophesied, saying:
      68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people:
      69And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant:
      70As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning:
      71Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us:
      72To perform mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy testament,
      73The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us,
      74That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
      75In holiness and justice before him, all our days.
      76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:
      77To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins:
      78Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:
      79To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.
      80And the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit; and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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