“Graced By Yahweh”

24 Jun 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on “Graced By Yahweh”

The Church has always made a big deal out of John the Baptist. So important is his feast day that it takes precedence over the regular Sunday liturgy. No doubt it is because Jesus Himself made a big deal of John: “None greater than John…etc.”

Yes, John was selected by God already in the womb (tell that to the pro abortion crowd) as foretold by the prophet Isaiah, and was given his name by God, Himself (John means “Graced by Yahweh”) as foretold by the prophet in the first reading, and related in today’s Gospel.

Where does all that special favor for his heralding the coming of Christ leave us in twenty-first century America? Consider his message: “The kingdom is at hand … repent…”

We need to constantly remind ourselves that this message remains true for all times and places, i.e. the opportunity for what God has promised and what Christ has to offer will be missed unless and until we repent, not just once, but repeatedly, because we repeatedly relapse.

As St. Paul would have it: “…This word has been sent.” Thank you John.

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