A new Prophet

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Thursday 23 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time

BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

WORD of the DAY 

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So, they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed. (Luke 7: 57-66/80)

How shall I live this Word?  

Today the Church asks us to stop and contemplate the birth of John who will see his life intimately linked to that of Jesus. The birth of John, in fact, prepares us for the newness of God who becomes man. In the fact of his birth, we find the whole life of John: conversion and announcement. All relatives and friends must convert; they are called to treat the life that is born in a different way from what they used to do. They can no longer give the child the name of Zechariah. John will be other than his father. The people of Israel are called to welcome a prophet different from those who had guided them up to then since the exit from Egypt. And then the announcement, those who went to visit Elizabeth were awed and amazed. “What will this child ever be?” The birth of John heralds new things, heralds a presence of God who this time will become flesh. Let us stop at this nativity and contemplate how Elizabeth and Zechariah are amazed before God, willing to make room for Him in their lives.

Lord, wonder is what allows us to disagree, like Elizabeth, and to declare with renewed firmness, like Zacharias, that truly all that emerges in our history is your grace and your mercy.

The Voice of Khalil Gibran, Poet

And if you could keep the wonder of your heart in the face of the daily miracles of your life, your suffering will seem no less wonderful than your joy.

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