the birth of john the baptist homily

First and foremost the Bible is the revelation of God. He delights in saving them from sin and death and hell. It is the hand of the Lord that Luke wants us to see here. Thank You that we have come to know You personally as not just the God of history, but our God and Savior through Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us. Her neighbors who would come from near and her relatives, probably coming from further distances, living in various places, heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her and they were rejoicing with her. It is sometimes hard to accurately transcribe Father Hanly's reflections, so please let us know if you think we have made a mistake in any of our transcripts, and let us have your suggestions. Baptist. It's the truth. Homily for Wednesday June 24 2020. Secondly, now you'll know why I used that word, the purpose of God is gracious. tax-collectors and soldiers. Baptist. Why John? guilty. All of this is about God being gracious to the world. For example, if you go back and read Genesis 25, you read about the birth of Jacob and Esau. It inspires fear. And in the process of this they circumcised the child and the group that were there decided that they should all participate in the naming of the child and they were going to call him Zacharias. This is His forerunner. You know, when God is this specific about a name, it's more than just trivial. Notice in verse 64 the very important little phrase "and at once." The whole gracious purpose unfolds in the names. John the Baptist, pray for us. He reminds us to look for God. "This baby is named John," there's no discussion on this, this isn't a group decision. He became the father of Jesse, who was the father of David. The Bible simply is a book about God. And this is a wonderful, wonderful part of the story. Was she overstepping her bounds as a woman? One of the things I wrote about this years ago in the book I wrote on the charismatics and the follow-up book on Charismatic Chaos, when you look at the healings of the New Testament, the healings of Jesus and the apostles, they were all instantaneous. Verse 60: "And his mother answered and said, 'No indeed.'" Later on the tradition developed that there needed to be at least ten witnesses. Watch what happened. How do I really know how profoundly sinful man is? When no offspring resulted What does this mean? Luke is unfolding for us the story of Jesus... Grace-to-You. God's hand is in all of this. And in the day when these things take place, you'll speak." And a people would be made ready for the coming of the Messiah. Final aspect of God's nature; His promise is veracious, His purpose is gracious, His power is wondrous. And I think this is important to understand. Elizabeth means "God is the absolute faithful one." You see the same in the book of Acts under apostolic power as well. It is a simple narrative. And we shouldn't question that. Every passage reveals something about God. But this little vignette really points it out in a wonderful, wonderful way. God put His power on display. So her joy was wonderful. And the fact that they rejoiced was a fulfillment of the Word of God. More than anything else it is His story. Doubling our Talents in Loving Relationship with our Father, Do you And they made signs to his father as to what he wanted him called. Grace came by Christ. I mean, he's a priest and he's served this little community. Joan MARTÍNEZ Porcel . You weren't at all confused in reading it. In fact, Luke as a historian is writing divine history, inspired in his mind by the self-revealing God, and so his concern, that we know this is divine history. He has power to sustain. Scripture is God's only self-disclosure. The word "tablet" here is what Greek scholars call hapax legomena. prayer of Mass; when the priest holds up the Sacred Host as we prepare for Holy That's why 1 Peter 5:10 it calls Him, "The God of all grace." "So he wrote as follows, 'His name is John.'" This boy was named by God and his name was going to be John because through Him the grace of God would explode on the world, right? Now they didn't know ASL. John means "God is gracious." This heightens the drama a little bit. The actual Greek word means they kind of nodded, you know, like, you know, what's your input on this, Zach? John left his parents to live When all the folks came on the eighth day, they assumed this is the day when we make the name official. By the way, it's clear to me that he was both unable to hear and unable to speak. Veracious, not voracious, make the difference. That's the important issue here. And Jesus gave the greatest attestation in John 17:17 when He said, "Thy word is truth.". And he did. It was mercy. And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows: His name is John. It says, "God has kind intentions toward us." The power of God is awesome, awesome, and they saw it in the miracle of the birth, in the miracle of the healing right before their eyes. And she rejoiced. them was “No intimidation! This old man began to praise God. A child was born. You are the author of history. He was born in London the Holy Spirit even while in the womb (Luke 1:15), and this promise was If he could hear, why in the world are they making signs to him? In so doing, we not only commemorate a great prophet of history, but we also consider the office of prophet itself, one to which we are summoned by our … Continue reading "The Mission of St. John the Baptist – A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist" The angel had said from God, you'll have a son and many will rejoice, and that is precisely what happened. Today we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist. Tax-collectors asked him what they must do and he replied, Verse 59: "It came about that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and a We know He sent His Holy Spirit, established His church of which we are a part. First there was Zachariah, which means "God remembers His promise." He would turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. The solemnity of the birth of John the Baptist was observed on this date in the fourth century. First Kings 8:56, "Blessed be the Lord according to all that He promised, not one word has failed of all His good promise which He promised." It's true of everything in Scripture. She was even called "the barren one," as you remember, a terrible stigma for a Jewish lady to bear. himself but directed people to Jesus. Just as a footnote to that. God is moving in history. He does. But, I mean, pulling a name out of the air, what's the point? 1504. That last comment, "For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him," really does set the stage for what I want you to see in this account. And also in Israel, names were very, very descriptive. But some people can't talk and some people can guard their words fairly well and I might not hear them say anything that would reveal the depth of their depravity. And Luke wants us to be sure we're seeing it, so he reminds us at the end of verse 66. And God long ago had made a promise of a Messiah, of a Lamb, of a sacrifice, of a Savior. And you see the intervention of God through His Word, through His angel and through the miracle of conception that happened when Zacharias went home and in their 60s or 70s or 80s, those barren people were able to have the first child in their life.

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