BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST June 24, 2020  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. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.  Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.  All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and...

Birth of John the Baptist

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 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...

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday June 24, 2018      Week Twelve of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.  The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.  (Luke 1: 66)  How shall I live this Word? The forerunner was born, the greatest of among those born of woman. Prodigies are announced around his birth. The voice runs among the neighbors, who ask questions about his destiny. “What will this child be?”. The evangelist Luke anticipates what will happen for the birth of Jesus. This is not an isolated fact, but an event that involves the community of the mountainous region of Judea. People, faced with prodigious facts, are taken by fear and keep in their hearts the thoughts, happy and tremendous at the same time of the closeness of the sacred: “And truly the hand of the Lord was with him”. The story of Luke goes beyond the facts that are seen, grasps the invisible, and invites us...