… Would you stop there and make sure they get everything they need?”. Joan MARTÍNEZ Porcel Take the time to be still and listen to the voices crying out – they are inviting us to welcome Christ into our lives. THEME: FIDELITY AS A CHRISTIAN IDENTITY. St. John is a man of contrasts: he lives in the silence of the desert, but right from there he appeals to the crowds with convincing voice inviting them to convert; he is humble enough to say he is only the voice, not the Word, but he does not mince his words and dares to accuse and denounce all injustices even to the very king; he urges his disciples to meet … He ate and we chatted for a bit. St. Peter met him and asked, “Have you ever done anything that will entitle you to a heavenly reward?” “Well,” the man replied, “I think I remember one good thing I did. We stop at a local church and pick up soup, sandwiches, and fruit. I work with an organization called HOOP (Helping Our Own People). Seeing Paul may conjure up an image of someone who is not quite “all there.”. Father Hanly’s homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Year B. Change ). Then we take these items out and distribute them to the homeless in downtown Indianapolis. We need a radical change, a spiritual rebirth, a new dependence on and openness to the power of a God who does not operate according to our preferences and agendas. HOMILY: Luke 1:57-66, 80. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out /  Descriptions of John may conjure up an image of someone who is not quite “all there.”. He was covered with a thin sheet and a trash bag containing all of his worldly possessions sat next to him. He lived on the fringe of society, a desert dweller. Today, we solemnly celebrate the Nativity of the Baptist. God is good.” During our walk from his “home” back up to the car, he told me multiple times how blessed he was, how good God was, and how grateful he was that we were there. He was never afraid of any human power. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Through his words and his actions, he was sharing a simple message of love: be open to Christ, prepare for Christ, and welcome Christ. For doing this, St. John was put in prison, and later beheaded. We have to pray for this gift and virtue of fortitude. He was involved in a couple of pretty dramatic events: He baptized Jesus in the Jordan and heard God speak. It is reproduced for you here: Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. Acts 13:22-26. He has a long scraggly hair and a beard. John the Baptist is a great man!, the greatest of them all, as Jesus himself will say in praise, but he is only Christ’s precursor. June 24, 2015 – The Nativity of John the Baptist. But he was also described as “a voice crying out in the desert.” John had a powerful message that he was not afraid to share with whoever would listen. HOMILY THEME: THE PRECURSOR’S GREATNESS. It was written that he ate locusts and other insects. Today, we solemnly celebrate the Nativity of the Baptist. St. John is a man of contrasts: he lives in the silence of the desert, but right from there he appeals to the crowds with convincing voice inviting them to convert; he is humble enough to say he is only the voice, not the Word, but he does not mince his words and dares to accuse and denounce all injustices even to the very king; he urges his disciples to meet with Jesus, but he does not mind rebuking king Herod while he is in prison. The very first homily I ever delivered was on this feast. He sat up, stretched and smiled. When you step through that fence, you step into another world: 8-10 tents and tarps serve as homes for up to 20 people. He lives on the fringe of society. BY: Fr. In John, his attitude as a Messenger, clearly explicit in attentive prayer to the Spirit, in his fortitude and humility, helps us to establish new horizons of sanctity for us and for our brother. A man died and appeared at the pearly gates. John the Baptist. First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6; Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15; Second Reading: Acts 13:22-26; Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80; Recording A chain link fence runs the length of the parking lot and separates the lot from a wooded area that slopes down to the river. I woke him up and told him HOOP was there. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. He was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. I offer you three options as a take-away message: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Our work is simple: We stop at our storage facility and pick up clothing and toiletries. Fr. ( Log Out /  John is mentioned 91 times in the New Testament. His first words were: “I am so blessed. The very first homily I ever delivered was on this feast. YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST. June 24, 2015 – The Nativity of John the Baptist. Paul is a voice crying out in the desert. I told him that donors had been generous and that we had plenty of sweatshirts and blankets. We also know that John the Baptist was not a ‘mainstream’ guy. Beloved in Christ, today we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist with a call on us to live a life worthy of our Christian calling. John the Baptist (Luke 1:7; 57ff) John the Baptist actually came for the sole purpose of preparing the way for the messiah. He is described as wearing camel skin, having long scraggly hair and a beard. Today we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist. There are a couple of new families who have moved in down by the river. ( Log Out /  Then he said, “But I do have a favor to ask. One of the regulars, Paul, did not respond. Hence the bareness of Elizabeth all the while was within divine plan. (Barcelona, Spain), Homily for Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II (2), Homily for Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II (1), Homily for Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II (1), Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B (4), Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B (3), Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B (2), Homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B (1). Like he always did, he ended by asking if I would join hands and say a prayer for him and his friends. Homily for Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist Cycle II, Theme: BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST…..” As the child grew up, he was seen to be strong in the Spirit”. On this night, I said, “Paul, you are so blessed. Mike Lagrimas . He preached a message of repentance. With our knowledge about John, we could answer the question his contemporary was wondering about: «What will this child be?» (Lk 1:66). All his childhood and youth was marked by the understanding of his mission: to provide testimony; which he does by baptizing Christ in the river Jordan, by favorably disposing the crowds for the Lord and, at the end of his life, by shedding his blood in favour of the truth. On one particular night, we stopped and honked our horn to announce our arrival, and people emerged to get food and whatever else we had to offer. It is reproduced for you here: Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. Would you mind praying for me and my friends?” He smiled, we all joined hands, and Paul prayed for me and my friends. ( Log Out /  Today the Church celebrates the Nativity of John the Baptist. Silent and humble, he is also strong and courageous enough to shed his blood. Paul was always upbeat and positive. Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6. It was going to be quite cold the next few nights. Homily for June 24th - The Birth of John the Baptist. I insist, he is profitable to Christ, not because you offer anything to Him, but because of your being able to progress in Him». Through the baptism, we have been all chosen and sent to bear witness of the Lord. Although he was loud and somewhat ‘in your face,’ the core of his message was one of love: be open to Christ, prepare for Christ, and welcome Christ. 80. In an environment of indifference, St. John is a helping example to imitate; St. Augustine says: «Admire John as much as you can for, whom you admire is profitable to Christ. Thinking he might be asleep, I went through the fence, and down the path to his “home.” He was laying on a piece of plywood, with a tarp thrown over a branch to serve as the roof. Today the Church celebrates the Nativity of John the Baptist. He told me that he was blessed and that he had everything he needed. There is a deserted parking lot not far from Lucas Oil Stadium. Readings for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Year B. Nowadays, we fear so many things: poverty, failure, social … He was beheaded and his head served on a platter to King Herod. Luke 1:57-66. John is mentioned 91 times in the New Testament. This virtue is very prominent in the life of St. John the Baptist.