Monday, June 24, 2013

Vocation 6: St John the Baptist!

For single people who devote their lives to God This week we remember the vocations of single people.  Today we celebrate the Feast of the birth of St John the Baptist.  He learned of his vocation and mission as a single person before he was born!  For some of us it takes a little longer.
We pray for all single people, that they may be inspired by John the Baptist, as they seek to live out their vocation and respond to God's plan for them.


John Baptist Te Deum Window: Lancaster Cathedral
Behold the Lamb of God
 
In the newsletter this week, we read how St Augustine explains that:
Although he was not yet born at the time of Mary’s visitation, he leaped in his mother’s womb. His mission was made clear, even before he was born. He was revealed as Christ’s precursor, before he so much as saw him. These divine mysteries transcend man’s feeble understanding.
When John was announcing our Lord’s coming he was asked: ‘Who are you?’ He replied: ‘I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.’ John was a ‘voice’, but in the beginning the Lord was the Word. John was a voice for a time: but Christ, who in the beginning was the Word, is the word in eternity.