Sunday, June 24, 2012

But where is the Lamb?

Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist
June 24

"Happy birthday of John the Baptist. His birth is the culmination of an age, an era, a Covenant. He is the last of the Old Testament Prophets. His birth signals an end and a beginning. The Book of Hebrews says By calling this covenant “new,” [God] has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear (Hebrews 8:13). Hence John would later say, “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (Jn 3:29-30).

Today John the Baptist is born who will usher in the new by answering the most significant question ever posed: “But where is the Lamb?”" ~ Msgr Charles Pope

"Behold the Lamb of God 
who takes away the sins of the world."
(St John the Baptist is quoted at every Mass)

We do well also to invoke the intercession of the
Lord’s great precursor [St. John the Baptist],
now adoring Him perpetually in this Sacrament. 
We should ask him to win for us a share in the joy
that filled him even while still in Elizabeth’s womb.

Fr. Richard Foley, SJ (+ 2003)

Our Lady of Walsingham Church, England

St John the Baptist, ora pro nobis!

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