Monday 24 June 2019

About Today Readings

THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST.
Isaiah 49:1-6. Psalm 138(139):1-3, 13-15. Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80.
I praise you, for I am wonderfully made – Psalm 138(139):1-3, 13-15.
‘He is to be called John.’

The birth of a child is cause for celebration. The birth of John the Baptist, the much-awaited son of Elizabeth and Zechariah, is a special one. There is an atmosphere of blessing and rejoicing as all are filled with gratitude that ‘the Lord had shown his great mercy’.

The Psalm’s refrain ‘I praise you, for I am wonderfully made’ is celebratory too of the gift of life, the magnificent creation of God. Sometimes, we are so consumed by worry, anxiety and fear, that we forget the simple joy of a birth. We see death all around us, and forget that there are seasons.

Today let us remember a significant birth that has taken place in our lives, perhaps of a relative, a daughter or son, a friend or a niece or nephew. May the feeling of that moment enliven our prayer today.

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