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Saturday, June 24th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 1:57-66.80.

Birth of Saint John the Baptist

24 June 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“John is his name,”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:57-66.80.

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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Birth of Saint John the Baptist

24 June 2017

Commentary of the day

Byzantine Liturgy
Lucernarium of Great Vespers for the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist

«He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him… to prepare a people fit for the Lord» (Lk 1,16-17)

On this day the great Forerunner comes into the world,
issuing from Elizabeth’s barren womb.
He is the greatest of the prophets;
none other has arisen like him,
for he is the lamp who comes directly before the greatest of lights
and the voice who goes before the Word.
To Christ he leads the Church, his bride,
and prepares a chosen people for the Lord,
purifying them by water in preparation for the Spirit.

From Zachary this young plant is born,
the most beautiful of the sons of the desert,
herald of repentance,
the one who purifies with water those who have strayed,
and who, as forerunner, bears the message of the resurrection
even to the dwelling of the dead
and intercedes for our souls.

From your mother’s womb, O blessed John,
you have been prophet and forerunner of Christ:
you leapt for joy on seeing the Queen
approaching the servant,
bearing before you Him whom, without mother, the Father conceives from all eternity.
O you, who were born from a barren woman and an aged man
according to the promise of the Lord:
beseech him to take pity on our souls.

(Biblical references : Mt 11,11; Jn 5,35; Mt 3,3; Jn 3,29; Lk 1,17; 3,16; Mk 6,28; Lk 1,40; 1,13)

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Birth of Saint John the Baptist

24 June 2017

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

– Solemnity

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

        The birth of St. John was foretold by an angel of the Lord to his father, Zachary, who was offering incense in the Temple. It was the office of St. John to prepare the way for Christ, and before he was born into the world he began to live for the Incarnate God. Even in the womb he knew the presence of Jesus and of Mary, and he leaped with joy at the glad coming of the son of man. In his youth he remained hidden, because he for whom he waited was hidden also.

        But before Christ’s public life began, a divine impulse led St. John into the desert; there, with locusts for his food and haircloth on his skin, in silence and in prayer, he chastened his own soul. Then, as crowds broke in upon his solitude, he warned them to flee from the wrath to come, and gave them the baptism of penance, while they confessed their sins. At last there stood in the crowd One whom St. John did not know, till a voice within told him that it was his Lord. With the baptism of St. John, Christ began his penance for the sins of his people, and St. John saw the Holy Spirit descend in bodily form upon Him. Then the Saint’s work was done. He had but to point his own disciples to the Lamb, he had but to decrease as Christ increased. He saw all men leave him and go after Christ. “I told you,” he said, “that I am not the Christ. The friend of the Bridegroom rejoiceth because of the Bridegroom’s voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled.”

        St. John had been cast into the fortress of Machærus by a worthless tyrant whose crimes be had rebuked, and he was to remain there till he was beheaded, at the will of a girl who danced before this wretched king. In this time of despair, if St. John could have known despair, some of his old disciples visited him. St. John did not speak to them of himself, but he sent them to Christ, that they might see the proofs of his mission.

        Then the Eternal Truth pronounced the panegyric of the Saint who had lived and breathed for Him alone: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist”

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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Birth of Saint John the Baptist

24 June 2017

Saint of the day

St. María Guadalupe García Zavala,



Saint María Guadalupe García Zavala

        María Guadalupe García Zavala was born on April 27, 1878 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, to Fortino García and Refugio Zavala de García.

        As a child she was known for her piety and made frequent visits to the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, which was located next to the religious goods shop run by her father. Her love for God was particularly demonstrated in her love for the poor. With uncommon transparency and simplicity, María treated everyone with equal love and respect.

        Although as a young woman she planned to marry Gustavo Arreola, she suddenly broke off her engagement when she was 23 years old. The reason: María “understood” that Jesus was calling her to love him with an undivided heart as part of the religious life, “No’ to matrimony, “yes’ to Jesus. She fully believed that she was called to do this by giving assistance to the poor and sick.

        When María confided to her spiritual director, Fr Cipriano Iñiguez, her “sudden change of heart”, he told her that for some time he had the inspiration to found a religious congregation that would provide assistance to the hospitalized. He invited María to join him in this foundation. The new Congregation, which officially began on October 13, 1901, was known as the “Handmaids of St Margaret Mary (Alacoque) and the Poor”.

“Poor with the poor

        María worked as a nurse, giving assistance to the first patients that were welcomed into “their hospital”. Regardless of the poverty and lack of material goods of the patients, compassion and care for the physical and spiritual well-being of the sick were the primary concerns, and María gave of herself wholeheartedly to carry out this task of love.

        Sr María was named Superior General of the quickly-growing Congregation, and taught the Sisters entrusted to her, mostly by means of her example, the importance of living a genuine and joyful exterior and interior poverty. She was convinced that it was only through loving and living poverty that one could be truly “poor with the poor”. Indeed, Mother María was known for her simplicity, humility and willingness to accept all that came from the hand of God.

Risking life to help those hiding

        From 1911 until 1936, the political-religious situation in Mexico became uneasy and the Catholic Church underwent persecution. Mother María put her own life at risk to help the priests and the Archbishop of Guadalajara to “go into hiding” in the hospital. She did not limit her charity simply to helping the “righteous”, but also gave food and care to the persecutors who lived near the hospital; it was not long before they, too, began defending the sick in the hospital run by the Sisters.

        The last two years of Mother María’s life were lived in extreme suffering because of a grave illness, and on 24 June 1963, she died at the age of 85.

        During the lifetime of the foundress, 11 foundations were established in the Republic of Mexico.
        Today, the Congregation has 22 foundations and is present in five different Nations: Mexico, Peru, Iceland, Greece and Italy.

        She was canonized on May 12,  2013 by Pope Francis.


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