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Monday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

JUNE 24, 2019


Monday of the12th Week in Ordinary Time


Isaiah 49:1-6

Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15

 Acts 13:22-26

 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.

 

Nativity of John the Baptist


“Among those born of women no one is greater than John”. Re-affirming these words of Jesus the Church celebrates today the solemn feast of the birthday of John the Baptist. That is the reason why John is the only saint after Christ whose birth as well as death we celebrate with a solemn feast even though the church celebrates the feast of a saint once a year, on the anniversary of death.


The gospel story of the birth of John focuses on the naming ceremony. In biblical times, and still today in many African cultures, personal names aim to convey what the bearer of the name stands for. Simon gets the name “Rock” showing his reliability as a leader of the apostles. The same is the case with the sons of Zebedee, James and John, who get the new name “Sons of Thunder” based on their temperament. Names reveal an essential character or destiny of the bearer. The name John means “God is gracious.” His birth signals the beginning of a new era in God-human relationship, an era to be characterised by grace and not by law.


If God created you with a purpose you are required to walk to a different drumbeat than other people. For John the requirement was to live in the desert far from normal human contact and civilisation. God’s purpose for his life dictated even the minute details of how he would dress and eat, since he had to dress in rough animal skin and eat the vegetarian food of locusts and wild honey. He adopted a lifestyle that would enhance his calling in life. To discern what God wants us to be, we need to cultivate some sort of desert in our lives where we can listen to God in the sound of silence. We need to make Samuel’s words to the Lord, “Speak, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3;10)part of our daily prayer. And, to be faithful to the call of God, we need the courage and discipline to keep away from any choice of association or lifestyle that does not help us along the path to which God has called us. John is great today not just because God called him to a special vocation but because he walked faithfully in the path that leads to the goal that God had set for him.


The neighbourhood in which John was born did not help him to realise his divine calling. In fact they wanted to prevent John from receiving his God-given name and identity. They wanted to give him his father’s name “Zachary.” They objected to his being named John because “None of your relatives has this name” (Luke 1:61).For them what a child can be is determined by what his family and lineage has been. Their dream of a wonderful future for the child is limited by his family background. But God’s dream for us far exceeds anything that has been in our family background. Carey Landry was on target when he sang, “The dream I have today, my Lord, is only a shadow of your dreams for me.” Our life’s work is to wake up and make God’s glorious dream for us a reality.


 As we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist and read the marvellous story of how he got his God-given name, let us ask ourselves: If I am now to receive a new name, a name that represents my God-given identity and calling in life, what would that name be? If you do not know your God-given name indicating why God sent you into the world and what are to be and to accomplish, then it is time for you to find out a desert experience in prayer. Each one of us is called by God in a special way with a unique mission from the foundation of the world. We are not meant to be carbon-copies of someone else. This is because our greatness as children of God, like the greatness of John the Baptist, consists in discovering what God wants us to be and living out the demands of that call without compromise.We are meant to live up to the great expectation of God.


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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