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

Birth of John the Baptist

Learn more about St. John the Baptist: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=152

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/062418-day-mass.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.

If Elizabeth had believed in abortion, the last Prophet of the Old Testament and the first Prophet of the New Testament would never have been born. Who knows how many Prophet’s have been destroyed in the womb, and will continue to be destroyed? When are we going to take the Word of God seriously as they did? When are we going to believe that what the Lord promises He does? Zechariah doubted and was silenced till he was able to do as the Lord instructed. What will it take for us?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I have the faith of Elizabeth and believe that you will do as you promise. And when I fail, call me back to your Word and truth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

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