Friday, June 24, 2016

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

The birth and naming of John the Baptist, painted by Rogier van der Weyden.

The Church usually observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist, both born free of original sin (as John was cleansed of original sin in his mother’s womb). “I tell you, among those born of woman no one is greater than John…”  Jesus said.

John’s purpose was to prepare the way for the Redeemer.

No comments:

Post a Comment