Feast Day of The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist. It’s pretty awesome that throughout the centuries, the Catholic church perpetually remembers Saint John the Baptist’s birthday. You may be asking yourself what is so important about John the Baptist that we honor his birth? We honor Jesus’ birth at Christmas and Mary’s birth on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but why John the Baptist? Well, if you remember, Jesus said: “I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Lk 7:28). Jesus honored John above all other men and so it is fitting that we honor him too.
Jesus and Mary were both set aside for a special purpose before they were born and so was John the Baptist. The first reading from the book of Jeremiah today says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you”. This reading was about the prophet Jeremiah, but it could just as easily apply to Saint John the Baptist as well. In fact, the first reading could also apply to all of us too. God knew us before we were formed in the womb, before we were born too. That’s really something for us to think about in modern times, when abortion has become such a widespread phenomenon. Every human life is valuable and precious in God’s eyes. We will never know if a future Albert Einstein, Beethoven or Mozart were never allowed to have the gift of life, let alone people who may have become saints if they had been given the chance to do so.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us.