“John is his name.”
In the Catholic Church, saints’ feast days occur on the day that they died. In a sense, this is the day of their entry into Eternal Life – their heavenly birthday. There are only a few times where we celebrate an earthly nativity. One, of course, is the nativity of Jesus – the celebration of the Word of God becoming flesh and God
becoming man. Another is the nativity of Mary, the mother of God, the mother of Jesus Christ. And today’s feast is the nativity of St. John the Baptist. We are celebrating their earthly birthdays because they were so important to the events of Salvation History – the process by which God saves man. Mary, who is “full of grace” cooperated with that grace and was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and conceived of a Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, as we know, underwent death and rose from that death conquering all sin, death and evil. John the Baptist came as a forerunner, a herald of the Gospel. In the person of John the Baptist, the prophets and their prophecies reach their high point and they point toward Jesus, the redeemer of man. Like St. John the Baptist, we are called to be heralds and witnesses of the Gospel, some of us in a wild kind of way. Let us listen to the Scriptures and hear the voice of the one calling in the wilderness, calling us to live a life of holiness and a life modeled after Jesus.
Peace – Fr. Jason.