Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Intention: For all whose work it is to care for people’s health and safety, that their hearts may be touched by God’s wisdom and compassion and that they may be sustained by the Spirit in the performance of their duties.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 1:57-66,80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.  Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.  When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”  But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”  So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.  He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.  Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.  Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.  All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?”  For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.  The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

From the Meditation on the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

By your vocation you are obliged to announce the truths of the Gospel every day. Practice those that are required of all Christians before you undertake to teach them to others. Although you do not have the grace, like Saint John, of being the precursor of Jesus Christ, you do possess the grace of being a successor in his ministry. Be assured, however, that you will make this effective for others only insofar as it has produced its effect in you. See that it does so without delay.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your Son came to help us perfect our faith and trust in you.  Open us to the infinite compassion and care of your presence.  Teach us to find in your grace the wisdom and strength to clear away our doubts and live our lives in the fullness of your love.  And just as you comfort and sustain us, may we reach out to others and be channels of your mercy in their times of need.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.