Thursday 23 June 2022
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.
We are called to live the gift of life with purpose
Today we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist, a prophet and preacher who had his own circle of followers and who baptised Jesus in the river Jordan. He prepared the way of the Lord, living out his calling and recognising what Jesus was to do and be in messianic history. In today’s readings there are some beautiful lines about conception and destiny and what we are called to do in the world. Isaiah writes that ‘the Lord called me before I was born – to be his servant, a light to all the nations’ and in the Psalm we hear that ‘you knit me together in my mother’s womb’. When we think of the relationship between Jesus and John, cousins in blood, we know it starts with the leaping of the child-to-be John in Elizabeth’s womb and then Mary’s words of the Magnificat in response that all nations shall call her blessed. The gift of life is precious, from conception to eternity, and we are called to live it with purpose, shining the light we have and the Gospel story we live by, to and for others.