Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist – Mass during the Day

Reading 1 Is 49:1-6; Reading 2 Acts 13:22-26; Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80

“A voice that cried out in the wilderness prepare the way of the lord”

We are all called to prepare the way for the Lord and for His kingdom. The life and mission of John the Baptist reminds us of the prime and sole aim of our lives. That is to prepare the way for the Lord. God prepared the womb of St. Elizabeth to prepare the way of the Lord; St. John the Baptist prepared the heart of the people to receive the Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah. John the Baptist prepared the way and showed the way, Jesus the way, the truth and the Life His life, words and actions were directed towards the Messiah who was still unknown to the people. He had His aim clear in the mind,’ prepare the way of the Lord’ when he said, “He must increase and I must decrease”. John could have very well said that He is the Messiah because people were flocking towards him expecting the he is the Messiah. But he rather chose to be the master of ceremony where in which he introduced the Messiah saying,” I baptize you with water, but one who is more powerful than me is coming. I am not worthy to untie the thong of His sandals”.

Called to be the disciples of the Lord we have the noble duty to prepare the way for the Lord in a world where God is substituted with many other elements. To do so we need to prepare our hearts just like John the Baptist who leapt for joy when he heard the greetings of the Blessed Mother. We need to be filled with the joy of the Lord, thus like John the Baptist prepare the way of the Lord even at the cost of our lives.

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