Gospel for the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist
Luke 1:57-66, 80
“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 he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.”
Spend a couple minutes “reading between the lines” of this passage.
What do you perceive going on?
How does that relate to your life?
Heritage word—“We would always like some assurance that our undertakings
are according to God’s views.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)