today's Mass readings (God is pleased w/ His servant David / John the Baptist is born..)

W (6-24)

Isaiah 49:1-6:

Hear me, O coastlines, listen, O distant peoples. The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly spent my strength, yet my reward is with the Lord, my recompense is with my God. For now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Acts 13:22-26:

In those days, Paul said: “God raised up David as king; of him God testified, I have found David, Son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish. From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’ My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent.”

St Lk 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.

Wow, i actually understand all this… :smiley:

and have no comments…

Strange… :slight_smile:

Gabriel of 12;

Did you know the solemnity of John the baptist today June 24th parallels the cosmos, as does Easter and Christmas? John the baptist nativity comes on the seen in the fullness of time, to proclaim “I must decrease, so that he (Jesus) must increase”. **June 24th is when the days begin to shorten, and when Jesus Christ is born when the days begin to increase. **The feasts in the Mass celebrations through out the year are so beautifully celebrated with the cosmos, where both humanity and all of creation come together to worship the One God triune. The eternal heavenly liturgy in the book of Revelation comes to light in the Catholic Mass taken place in time, when God from eternity takes on humanity in time. Now we enter the book of Revelation of the Sun and Moon. I must stop here before I bore you.

Just a thought about our beautiful Mass of John the Baptist nativity, who was born without sin.

Pretty cool. I hadn’t thought of this before.

Just a thought about our beautiful Mass of John the Baptist nativity, who was born without sin.

Gabriel of 12,
Tell me, what is the basis the CC uses to teach that John the Baptist was born sinless?


Gabriel of 12;
The teaching comes from Lukes Gospel, when John the baptist is in the womb of Elizabeth, during the mystery of the “visitation” from blessed Mary. John the baptist leaps for joy in the womb of his mother under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from the visitation of the Virgin Mary who is carrying Jesus in her womb. The Holy Spirit fills John the baptist in his mothers womb. A prebaptismal holy spirit anointing from the waters in the womb cleansing John the baptist of all original sin. Mary was saved in her Immaculate conception, John the baptist was saved (baptised) in his mothers womb, while Jesus, Mary, The Holy Spirit witnessed by Elizabeth were all present. Thus “John the Baptist” born without sin. To do what God the father revealed to him from the womb, to go out and prepare the way, and baptise.

Thanks for the explanation.


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