June 24, 2015 Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66,80
Today the church celebrates the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist. John was the last of the Old Testament prophets. In a real sense he was the link between the Old and New Testament … as he foretold and prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah.
John was humble … he assured people that he was not the Messiah … that one greater than he was to come.
John preached repentance … urging all to conversion as a preparation for new life in Christ.
John was courageous … he spoke the truth despite imprisonment and beheading.
BUT … John also showed signs of disillusionment … and doubt. While in prison … he sent envoys to Jesus to ask if Jesus really was the one to come … the Messiah … or should he look for another.
John’s life story was to speak the truth and prepare the way of the Lord.
He did it well!
The greatness of John the Baptist consisted in discovering what God created him to be … and then … living that purpose out.
Our greatness as children of God is the same … discover what we are called to be … and live that purpose out.
John the Baptist was the light that pointed to the greater light … he knew who he was … and who he was not.
May John the Baptist inspire us to know who we are and who we are not … so that we may realistically live out our own call to holiness.