St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist by El Greco

Only Saint’s Birthday Celebrated
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist. According to St. Augustine, John the Baptist is the only saint whose birthday is celebrated by the Church (Sermon 293, 1). The Church selected June 24th as his birthday celebration because scripture accounts that John was six month older than his cousin, Jesus. St. John was born to Elizabeth and Zechariah who, like Abram and Sarah, were up in their years when he was conceived and born. John is significant in salvation history because he is the last of the Old Testament prophets; he is the “dividing line” between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Catholic Haiku
Today is one of the theme days for the WordCount Blogathon. Today we were asked to write a haiku poem. Here is my haiku on St. John the Baptist as inspired by the three readings from today’s lectionary:

God called me from birth.
Servant of the Lord, am I.
LORD, you are my strength. 

I prepared Thy way
Preaching, “Repent, be baptized
For He is coming.”

Mother named me John
Hand of the Lord upon me
And with His Spirit

He Must Increase

About Don Gonzalez 1058 Articles
I am a cradle Catholic, wandered in the desert of sin for 20 years and returned into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in 2005. I am the founder of Joe Catholic, a lay apostolate designed by men for men. Our mission is to aid lay men in answering the universal call to holiness and equipping them to be the spiritual leaders of their families. Simply put, we help people learn, live and share their faith. I recently completed my Masters in pastoral theology from Ave Maria University and work as the Magnet Program Coordinator at the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet in Dallas.

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