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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (YEAR 2013)

2 Thessalonians 3:3he Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, Mighty and Triumphant King, crush your enemies under your feet and liberate us and those we love from the oppressive attacks and the horrible consequences of sin. Not only forgive and cleanse us, but please guard our heart so that we might gain strength to serve you with passion and power. In Infant Jesus' mighty name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (June 24, 2013)
Day: Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: Is 49:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Second Reading: Acts 13:22-26
Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80
Lectionary: 587
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 1:57-66, 80
57Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. 58 And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechari'ah after his father, 60 but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John." 61 And they said to her, "None of your kindred is called by this name." 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John." And they all marveled. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, "What then will this child be?" For the hand of the Lord was with him. 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
When God acts to save us he graciously fills us with his Holy Spirit and makes our faith come "alive" to his promises. Every day the Lord is ready to renew us in faith, hope, and love. Like John the Baptist, the Lord invites each of us to make our life a free-will offering to God. God wants to fill us with his glory all the days of our lives, from birth through death. John the Baptist's life was fueled by one burning passion to point others to Jesus Christ and to the coming of God's kingdom. Scripture tells us that John was filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb by Christ himself, whom Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit. When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, John leapt in the womb of Elizabeth as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. The fire of the Spirit dwelt in John and made him the predecessor of the coming Messiah. John was led by the Spirit into the wilderness previous to his ministry where he was tested and grew in the word of God. John's clothing was suggestive of the prophet Elijah. John broke the visionary silence of the previous centuries when he began to speak the word of God to the people of Israel. His message was similar to the message of the Old Testament prophets who chided the people of God for their infidelity and who tried to awaken true repentance in them. Among a people undisturbed with the things of God, it was his work to awaken their interest, worry them from their complacency, and arouse in them enough good will to recognize and receive Christ when he came. Lord Jesus, you bring hope and deliverance to a world lost in sin, despair, and suffering. Let your grace refresh and restore your people today in the hope and joy of your great occupation over sin and death.


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