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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

June 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity–except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy before the Lord, at the sound of the Blessed Mother’s voice, not unlike how King David danced with joy before the Lord. Sanctified in the womb of Saint Elizabeth, John is the forerunner of Christ. He is the voice crying out in the wilderness preaching repentance, preparing the way of the Lord, calling us to behold the Lamb of God, thereby answering Isaac’s question, which echoes throughout the Old Testament: “Where is the Lamb?”

Like Saint John the Baptist, we are also called to prepare the world for the Lord. By following Mary’s instruction to do whatever the Lord tells us, we get the world ready to hear Him and to receive Him at His second coming, just as John made straight the way of the Lord. By decreasing ourselves, we permit Christ our Light to increase so that all might come to know and believe in the Lamb of God, slain for our salvation in order to give us eternal life and love, in order that our joy might be complete. May Saint John the Baptist help us behold the Lamb of God and prepare His way!

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Art for this post on the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist: Birth of John the Baptist, Jacobo Pontormo, 1526, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Liz Estler

Editor, SpiritualDirection.com. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Valerie Saldanha

    With joy we draw water from the fountains of salvation! Thanks and God bless for this reflection.

  • Jeanette

    Thank you LIz! I love your examples of humility.

    • LizEst

      Thanks Jeanette. I’m getting plenty of opportunities to practice this virtue in these days! LOL! To God be the glory.

      • Jeanette

        You are such a good example. I remember years ago you had suggested a type of mortification or penance which I have done ever since…leaning forward instead of relaxing your back against the pew during Mass readings. Now you have given me some good examples of practicing humility! God bless you always in all ways! Yes, and to God be the glory!

        • LizEst

          … and you are too kind Jeanette. I’m delighted that has been useful to you and, by extension, to the Church. I hope it has also been pleasing to the Lord.

  • Bettye Lemon

    Thank you Iamachildofgod for asking the question and thank you Liz for the answer. I have been seeking the same answer. Never cease to be amazed at how God works to answer us. Thanks again

    • LizEst

      To the Lord be all the glory now and forever. Thank you, Bettye.

  • Fr. JPS

    Humility allows us to see ourselves as God sees us. It is the humble who are more receptive to the joys of union with God as their hearts are open to God’s grace. Psalm 131 pertains to humility, Micah in chapter 6 tells us to walk humbly with God and we also see the importance of humility throughout Scripture. Jesus said that those who exalt themselves willl be humbled but those who humble themselves will be exalted. We decrease by not putting the attention on ourselves and by helping others with a loving heart especially those who are overlooked by society. Liz gave a nice answer and I thought I would add in a few thoughts.

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