May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

John Baptist Naming

Learn more about St. John the Baptist: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1424

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062416-mass-during-day.cfm

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.

John’s birth was a true miracle. Elizabeth was considered too old to conceive, Zechariah was struck dumb at the announcement but when he confirmed the name of the child that the angel had given to him, he was able to speak again! God asks us to do as He says and He honors His promises when we do. What has God asked you to do? Do you listen?

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, I hope I listen when you call on me. May I have the courage of John to speak your words, even in adverse times. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

 I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

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