Blessed Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist! I look forward to celebrating this feast with all of you this Sunday. We are called to follow in the footsteps of St. John the Baptist; from the moment of his miraculous conception the womb of his mother, Elizabeth, John proclaims with every ounce of his being: “Salvation is come!” His Father, Zechariah, spoke his mission to him at his birth: “You, my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, giving his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sins.” And so he did. And so do we. We have come to know our salvation, to trust God’s love for us, to let God’s mercy flow through us and from us to the ends of the earth.
Let this Feast of the anniversary of the Baptist’s birth be a new beginning of the Baptist’s cry in us. We are now the voice carrying the Word which is Christ. The voice is vital and necessary, yet the voice is not what is heard; it is the Word which is heard. If we hold fast to this purpose of ours, we too will become prophets to the nations. The spirit of St. John the Baptist lives in our bones; his reckless and courageous proclamation reveals joy in the depths of our soul. We, like all the prophets before us, grow weary holding it in; we will announce God’s saving power at work in us, in Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We congratulate Julian McClellan and Mareli CuCue who are receiving their First Holy Communion on Saturday; and we congratulate Kaitlin Flores and Lazaro Navarro who will be confirmed, also on Saturday. Becasue of these special sacraments, we will live-stream our 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday instead of the 10:00 on Sunday.
We will continue our procession with the blessed Sacrament this Friday at 6:00 PM, processing south on Adkins, west on Schiller, south on Morgan Ford, west on Bates, north on Gravois, east on Gertrude, north on Morgan Ford and east on Delor back to the Grotto. God bless you all.
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.