Birth of John the Baptist

12th Monday of Ordinary Time
Birth of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2019

WORD of the DAY

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”. (Luke 1: 59-60)

How shall I live this Word?

Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote: “John is his name”. “(Lk 1: 63) The name John derives from the Hebrew name (Yochanan) composed by Yehō- (or Yah, abbreviation of Yahweh, which in Jewish tradition is the name of God and from chānān (or hanan, which means “had mercy”, or “had grace” or “was merciful”). The overall meaning can be interpreted as “YHWH is merciful”, “YHWH favored”, perhaps in reference to the birth of a long-awaited child. The name represents identity, essence. The name hides the mission, the vocation that God has written in the life of each human being, in the life of this prophet, that he will learn to know in time, in the events of his life. And it is so for each one of us: God has pronounced on us a name that represents His dream and therefore our identity. Elizabeth has the courage to recognize this name given by God and not ‘from flesh’, and accepts this name in freedom. They are children of God first of all and not appendages related to nature. They are identities called to discover and respond to their name, not to anything else!

Help me Lord to understand that I am accomplishing Your Dream for me! help me to be faithful to Your plan of happiness

The Voice of Pope Francis, Angelus, June 24, 2018

May the Holy Virgin help us to understand that in every human person there is the imprint of God, the source of life. She, Mother of God and our Mother, makes us more and more aware that in the generation of a child parents act as collaborators of God. A truly sublime mission that makes each family a sanctuary of life and awakens – every birth of a child – joy, amazement, gratitude!

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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Blog: Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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