The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  When we celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But today we celebrate the birth of a saint, Saint John the Baptist, and the fact that we’re celebrating his birth points… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Saturday after Epiphany

Today’s readings “He must increase; I must decrease.” By these words, St. John the Baptist indicates that the Epiphany, the manifestation of our Lord in the flesh, is complete.  John’s disciples have got it wrong; they took offense at Jesus baptizing when he himself had been baptized by John.  They assumed that because John had… Continue reading Saturday after Epiphany

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  First of all, it’s a saint’s feast day, and saints’ days don’t usually take precedence over a Sunday celebration.  Secondly, whenever we do celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But… Continue reading Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today’s readings have a lot to do with who the prophet is. St. John the Baptist was the last prophet of the old order, and his mission was to herald the coming of Jesus Christ who is himself the new order.  Tradition holds that prophets were created for their mission, that their purpose… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings What we are celebrating in today’s feast is the fact that prison bars cannot silence truth. John the Baptist was not asked to renounce his faith; indeed Herod was probably very interested in John’s faith and may have even asked him about it on occasion. Not that he wanted to convert, mind you,… Continue reading The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Today’s readings Today we celebrate a feast that is a bit unusual for us.  When we celebrate a saint’s day, it is usually celebrated on the feast of their death, not their birth.  But today we do gather to celebrate the birth of a saint, Saint John the Baptist, and the fact that we’re celebrating… Continue reading The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings It seems like just yesterday that John the Baptist was baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River.  Oh wait, it was just yesterday!  But today’s reading fast forwards a bit and takes us to a time after John has been arrested.  John isn’t dead yet, not yet out of the picture, but clearly he… Continue reading Monday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

Saturday after Epiphany

Today’s readings “He must increase; I must decrease.” By these words, St. John the Baptist indicates that the Epiphany, the manifestation of our Lord in the flesh, is complete.  John’s disciples have got it wrong; they took offense at Jesus baptizing when he himself had been baptized by John.  They assumed that because John had… Continue reading Saturday after Epiphany