He was born at a time that no one expected him and when humanly it was impossible for him to be born. But, taking our inspiration form Luke’s gospel, today we celebrate his birth of St John, the only other saint apart from the Virgin Mary, whose birthday … We depend on charity to fund the website, therefore it is open for free, so that ministers of God and every Christian will have access to the daily word of God as arranged in the Catholic Liturgical Calender. Sung "Mass In Honour of St. Ralph Sherwin" - By Jeffrey M. Ostrowski. A man died and appeared at the pearly gates. Alleluia! On this special (feast of) Nativity Of John Baptist. The holiness of God he might know; the justice of God he might declare; but the love of God in all its fulness he could never know. With Jesus there came into the world something absolutely new. It celebrates the holy birth of "the greatest of all the prophets," the one who leapt for joy in his mother's womb, who prepared the way for Christ, announced his presence, and baptised him in the Jordan River. He comported himself in accordance with the gift of God in him and the life of grace. St. Peter met him and asked, “Have you ever done anything that will entitle you to a heavenly reward?” “Well,” the man replied, “I think I remember one good thing … Prayers of the Faithful - " Together we pray" by Robert Borg'. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++, To listen to the audio recording of the readings, prayers and reflections for this weekday feast of the Birth of John the Baptist 24. Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press. Image Credit: Shutterstock Licensed stock photo ID: 56813196. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. The prophets were great; their message was precious; but with Jesus there emerged something still greater, and a message still more wonderful. - "Faith, Hope and Love" theme hymn - in memory of William John Kelly - Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. (He prepared the world for the imminent coming of the saviour and pointed him out when he arrived). Paul, please email: paulwkelly68@gmail.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++ Archive of homilies and reflections: http://homilycatholic.blogspot.com.au To contact Fr. 2019. God needed John; God needs his signposts who can point people on the way, although they themselves decreased before that goal is achieved." Be like John and show humility, gentleness, truthfulness and hard work. Original words and music by Paul W. Kelly. John had never seen the Cross. May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. They point to a new ideal and a new greatness which others will enter into, but into which they will not come. Fr. "I praise you for I am wonderfully made.". (ICEL) Scriptures - New Revised Standard Version: © 1989, and 2009 by the NCC-USA. You, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways. ", https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/tracks, paulkellyreflections+subscribe@googlegroups.com, "Faith, Hope and Love - Christian worship and reflection" - Led by Rev Paul Kelly. 2nd ed. William Barlcay explains this great compliment by Christ and also the meaning of this mysterious line at the end.... "Such was the tremendous tribute of Jesus to John, spoken with the accent of admiration. Anyone with two tunics should share with him who has none. Father Hanly’s homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Year B. But what was it that John lacked? There had never been a greater figure in all history; and then comes the startling sentence: "But he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.". He announced the coming of Jesus and pointed to him when he came. Arranged and sung, with additional lyrics by Stefan Kelk. John the Baptist like Mary also said a fiat in the spirit since all his works showed a convincing “Yes” and conscientious discipleship in the work of salvation and heralding of the mission of Christ. Our divine calling must be actualized here on earth. And therefore the Evangelist … Tell people who Jesus is, decrease that he may increase in you and through you to the world. (He taught and practiced the change of heart and mind, the turning back to God and the rightness of trusting in God's mercy). We like John the Baptist are in the plan of God with special mission to accomplish for the glory of God and the salvation of others. Homily starter anecdote: Be the finger of John the Baptist: Karl Barth, the great 20 th century Calvinist theologian, would wake up early in the morning, read the newspaper, and stare at a painting by Grunewald called Crucifixion. Lord Jesus, you call your people to turn away from sin: Lord, have mercy//You teach us wisdom and write your truth in our inmost heart: Christ, have mercy//You forgive sins through the ministry of reconciliation: Lord, have mercy//. Therefore one thing John could never know--the full revelation of the love of God. +++++++++++++++++++++ Memorial Acclamation 2. C. G. Montefiore, himself a Jew and not a Christian, writes: "Christianity does mark a new era in religious history and in human civilization. Indeed the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than any man who went before. First Reading: (Isaiah 45:1, 4—6) Responsorial Psalm: First Reading: (Isaiah 25:6—10a) Responsorial Psalm: You could also call this heading “Our philosophy” or “Our vision.” The Word of God is precious and should be handled with care. Such was the tremendous tribute of Jesus to John, spoken with the accent of admiration. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf . It is very seldom that any great person of moment in history is the first one to toil for the reform with which their name is connected. by Fr. Today, for the third time since Pentecost, the Sunday liturgy of ordinary time gives way to a feast, a great feast: that of the Birth of John the Baptist, he who was chosen by God to prepare for the coming of his Son into this world! Theme: The Lord called me in the womb to be the light of the nations. To listen to the audio recording of the readings, prayers and reflections for this weekday feast of the Birth of John the Baptist 24th June 2020, please click this link here: https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/weekday-feast-faith-hope-and-love-nativity-of-john-the-baptist-episode-236/s-9utQbCtrsgZ  (episode: 236). What is it that the Christian has that John could never have?