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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 24, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 49:1-6
Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66, 80

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The Child Grew and became strong in spirit. . . .

The nativity of John the Baptist: one of the chief proximal heralds of the Lord. He announced the one who would come after whose sandals he was unworthy to do. He faced down Herod and challenged him--one gets the impression that he challenged him almost to the point of conversion. But Herodias and Salome had their way and won.

What is the meaning of this feast day and this great Saint to us today? He is still herald and chief among the Saints (saving only the Mother and Foster Father of God) because he so perfectly illustrates the role of the saints. They become less, so that the glory of God shines out more. John made a point of this.

Our job is not to outdo Jesus, but to diminish, to get out of the way so that He can shine forth. John the Baptist was a messenger of God, cousin of the Lord and eternal reminder of the role of the saints. Most important, he was the first herald of the times to come. He announced the way of the Lord and vanished out of the picture, allowing Jesus to move along the road of baptism that John started to pave. John started the work, Jesus perfected it.

We could go on and on talking about the importance of John the Baptist. But the most important thing to remember is that we are all John the Baptists for someone. We all declare the presence and the way of the Lord to people who would otherwise be in ignorance of it. May we be true imitators of John and thus, real imitators of Jesus Christ. Jesus, even without being known, was John's model. And so John can model for us the behaviors we should enact.

- JuandelaCruz |
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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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