On June 24, we celebrate the birth of the Forerunner, one of the great men in the story of Jesus.
As herald of the Christ, John the Baptist reveals what it means to be a witness. He was one of the greatest of the prophets, and his courageous truth-telling led to his martyrdom. Most importantly, his ministry opened the way for others to encounter Jesus.
John links the Old Testament to the New. He preaches a message of repentance, challenging complacency among the people of Israel. He is often thought of as the last of the old prophets. When he is approached by religious leaders who are failing in their role, he confronts them directly, calling them a brood of vipers. He also challenges the immorality of the political leaders, opposing Herod’s marriage – a stance for which he was later beheaded.
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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
First Reading: Isaiah 49: 1 -6
Responsorial: Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Second Reading: Acts 13:22-26
Gospel: Luke 1: 57-66, 80