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FAITH BOOK

THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (B) JUNE 24, 2018

ISAIAH 49: 1-6; PS. 139; ACTS 13:22-16; LUKE 1:57-66, 80

Jude Siciliano, OP

 

Mini-reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. "Faith Book" is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

 

From today’s Gospel reading:

 

They were going to call the child Zechariah, after his father,

But his mother said in reply,

"No. He will be called John."

 

Reflection:

 

Biblical names have significance and help us interpret what is happening. John means, "God is gracious." Elizabeth means, "oath of God" – God is fulfilling the promises God made of old. Zechariah means, "Lord remembers" – Israel is in a low point of its history, but God has not forgotten her.

 

So we ask ourselves:

 

  • What ways do I experience a "gracious God" in my community of faith and in my life in the world?

  • What "promise" do I hear from these scriptures?

  • Do I trust that God will "remember" me and not leave me to face anything on my own?

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