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Gospel Reflection for Nativity of St John the Baptist, Year B, June 24th 2018
Luke 1:57-66. 80
Birth is normally a happy occasion. The welcoming of new life, born in love into the world. The love and newness of the present moment takes over. Like that for Elizabeth and Zechariah with the surprise birth of John the Baptist.
The prayer of his father at his birth prophesied what he would be. Somehow of other, they knew what life lay ahead of their child – ‘to go ahead of the Lord and announce his ways’.
God has hopes for every child born into the world, and we share that hope when we bring our children for baptism. We hope that they will find God’s love in their lives and the care of Jesus, as John the Baptist did. As they grow older we are happy to see them growing as were John’s parents, and also happy when we see them becoming generous, compassionate and caring for others and committed to making a better world. We hope they can take on the best values we try to pass on.
All of us, young and old, can ‘prepare the way of the Lord’ by our lives – what we say and how we say it, what we do and how we do it.
Thank you Lord for the gift of children in our family and extended family. Bless them now and always.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine