The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Church recalls and celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist each year on June 24.

The Birth of St. John the Baptist

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Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (Luke 1:13)

Zechariah and Elizabeth wanted so much to have a child, especially as they watched their neighbors’ families grow. But as deep as their desire was, deeper still was God’s desire that their faith in him grow. This was, in part, the fruit of their long years of waiting for the Lord to fulfill their dreams. Day by day, as they prayed for a child, they were challenged to continue to hope in God. Every day, they faced the questions: Is God trustworthy? Does he love us? Will he provide for us? Every time they answered “yes” to these questions, their faith grew a little stronger.

When Zechariah was struck mute by the angel (Luke 1:20), he entered an intense time of blessing from the Lord. God wanted to teach him, so that Zechariah could then teach his son what it…

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