A nice feature of smartphones – calendar with alarms – remember to send that birthday card.
Church calendar celebrates 3 birthdays.
Jesus - Christmas Dec 25 - preceded by Annunciation March 25
Mary - September 8 - preceded by Immaculate Conception Dec 8
John the Baptist - June 24 - 6 months before birth of Jesus
See how important this Solemnity is - even replaces Sunday.
Baptist - last of great line of OT prophets – Isaiah, Jer, Ez
Son of Eliz and Zech - temple priest – why is he in the desert? now a new temple.
- Points the way to Christ - Remember story of David when ark brought to Jerusalem – leapt for joy - leaps for joy inside his mother Elizabeth when Mary approaches carrying Jesus - behold the Lamb of God - how can we point the way - actions, not words - easy here, what about outside here?
- Humble person - I am not worthy to untie his sandals - he must increase - I must decrease Timing – after longest day – days getting shorter. It is not about me - it is about him!!! Major mistake to compare to others instead to God - Sometimes – say - I have everything together, my life in perfect order, need to improve nothing about myself. In my humility - I admit my need for God, I need a Savior, I am a sinner - repent.
- Committed to the truth - not afraid to lay down his life for the truth To tell King Herod the truth A Long line:
June 22 - St. John Fisher & St. Thomas More
June 29 - St. Peter & St. Paul
June 30 - First Martyrs of the Church in Rome
July 3 - Thomas the Apostle
To point the way - to be humble - to be committed to the truth
So we say – St. John the Baptist – pray for us!