Daily reflections for prayer, growth in the spiritual life, and good prayer sources. Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn. John the Baptist announce the coming of the Savior, Jesus. One man's journey through and in Freemasonry, Grand Lodge of Ohio Annual Communication – The More Things Change…, Masonic Thought for the Week – 10/16/2017, Masonic Quote of the Week – October 3, 2017, Papers, Presentations, and Published Works. Franciscan Media, 2011. On the Feast of St. John the Baptist 299 years ago (June 24, 1717) four London lodges formed the Premier Grand Lodge of England. Herder& Herder, 2013. The Nativity of St. John the Baptist Isaiah 49:1-6 + Acts 13:22-26 + Luke 1:57-66,80 June 24, 2020 For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. Golden Sufi Center, 2012. Journey to the Heart: Christian Contemplation Through the Centuries. Why would we refer to John’s martyrdom as his passion? Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Pope Francis. Pope Francis. Delio, Illia, editor. Solemnity of the birth of St. John the Baptist. ( Log Out /  "Thr Great Reformer". Jesus Risen In Our Midst: Essays on the Resurrection of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel Liturgical Press, 2013. The sun and it symbolism and the central motif of light in our ritual and philosophy align with observing these two days. We always refer to Jesus’ suffering and death as his passion. Today we celebrate the birth of St John the Baptist; a voice who cried out in the wilderness and pointed us to One who is the Way, the Truth and the Light. The connection between Freemasonry and the Saints John - Baptist and Evangelist - wove itself into the very DNA of Freemasonry. Martin, James. That is actually why he would in the gospel of Luke (7:28) say that among all those born of women none is greater than John. His role was to point to Jesus, to lead people to Jesus and to prepare people for Jesus. Horan, Daniel P, O.F.M. He not only baptized Jesus, but pointed Him out to his own disciples. John was only the messenger; he himself was not the Messiah. Borg, Marcus J. The Nativity of St. John the Baptist is so important a feast that there are two full sets of Scripture readings for Holy Mass. Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis. Jesus: A Pilgrimage. "Spiritual Letters." It may cost us much. But to remain faithful to the promises we have made? Convivium, 2012. Yale University Press, 2011. This feast is about the birth of John to Elizabeth, who was elderly and the fact that she gave birth to a son was God's doing. John the Baptist occupies a very expedient position in the history of salvation being the forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. Days when the light is at its longest (the summer solstice was a few days ago) and it shortest are appropriate moments of both celebration of reflection for Freemasons. A reflection on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Home; Essays and Messages; January 10, 2020. by Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. Fearing "Attack" On "Fundamental Values," The Bishops Warn Biden's White House, Blogging on Spiritual Formation on the Run, Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist, Tomorrow is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world. Growing up, we had a dog called Pony. Both Johns’ feasts align with the solstices of our calendar. Harper One, 2012. 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.Jesus is hanging from the cross, apparently dead, while Mary and others morn. Henry Holt & Company, 2014. REFLECTION FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST Rev. Obviously John’s preaching to Herod was not successful; Herod and Herodias remained together. Francis." Jesus: An Historical Approximation." The Nativity of St. John the Baptist Isaiah 49:1-6 + Acts 13:22-26 + Luke 1:57-66,80 June 24, 2020 For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. Like John’s career  it may not lead to popularity. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Delio, Ilia, O.S.F. Pennington, Basil M., OCSO. As one gospel tells us, John gave his life ‘to testify to the light.’ He was not worthy to touch the sandals of Jesus. The Nativity of St. John the Baptist is so important a feast that there are two full sets of Scripture readings for Holy Mass. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence. On this occasion, John the Baptist was like the prophets of old who enjoyed little success.

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