Wednesday 24 June 2020

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 Lord has raised up for us a power for salvation’

John’s baptism means good news as it foreshadows Jesus’ birth and his coming. John, the prophet and precursor to Jesus, is strong in Spirit and we are told that the hand of the Lord was with him. While John baptises with water, Jesus baptises with the Holy Spirit and fills us with a burning desire to be close to Jesus and understand his ways.

Zechariah opens his heart to God so that God’s will becomes his own will, and his will now God’s will. It is the beginning of a much more personal and intimate relationship with God. The barrier that fear often creates has disappeared, revealing a greater level of trust in Zechariah’s heart that his will is God’s will too.

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