Saturday 24 June 2023

About Today Readings

Birthday of John the Baptist

Isaiah 49:1-6. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made – Psalm 138(139):1-3, 13-15. Acts 13:22-26. Luke 1:57-66, 80.

The gift of life

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. 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. Sit for a moment and remember when a significant birth has taken place in your life, perhaps of a relative, a daughter or son, a friend or a niece or nephew. Let the feelings of that moment penetrate your prayer today.

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