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Friday, May 31, 2013

June 24th – St John the Baptist

Patron Saint of Baptism

St John the Baptist was son of Zachariah and Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. His birth was foretold to Zachariah by an Angel. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty he began to preach and call people to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near”. He baptised them “with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:2-11). When Christ came to him, John recognsied Him as the Messiah and baptised Him saying “I need to be baptized by you” (Matthew 3:14).

When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. John inspired many of his followers to follow Christ.

Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod had him arrested and imprisoned when John revealed Herod’s adulterous and incestuous marriage with Herodias. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias.

Challenge: Do recognise Jesus as the Messiah? If so, what are you going to do about it?