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June 21: Feast of Saint Lazarus
The story [of Lazarus] is not about the rejection of a sick and poor man. The story is about a man...who accepted his poverty virtuously and was rewarded; and a rich man who neglected the opportunities his wealth gave him for charity and was thus punished. The parable is about how we miss opportunities that God has given us." [St. Michael's Cyberspace Monastery]

June 22: Feast of Saint Thomas More
Pope John Paul: "...it is helpful to turn to the example of Saint Thomas More, who distinguished himself by his constant fidelity to legitimate authority and institutions precisely in his intention to serve not power but the supreme ideal of justice. His life teaches us that government is above all an exercise of virtue. Unwavering in this rigorous moral stance, this English statesman placed his own public activity at the service of the person, especially if that person was weak or poor; he dealt with social controversies with a superb sense of fairness; he was vigorously committed to favouring and defending the family..."  [Catholic Forum]

June 24: Birth of Saint John the Baptist
"'He was indeed a man endued with all virtue, who exhorted the Jews to the practice of justice towards men and piety towards God; and also to baptism, preaching that they would become acceptable to God if they renounced their sins, and to the cleanness of their bodies added purity of soul.' Thus Jews and Christians unite in reverence and love for this prophet-saint whose life is an incomparable example of both humility and courage." [EWTN]

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WHAT, THEN, WILL THIS CHILD BE?

No one is nameless in Godís sight! All have equal value in his eyes: all are different, yet all are equal, and all are called to be sons and daughters in the Son... This is true for everyone, with the exception of none.

The Gospel for Sunday, June 24th, 2007
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Lk 1:57-66, 80

"The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name" (Is 49:1).

Today we celebrate the birth of Saint John the Baptist. The words of the Prophet Isaiah are well-suited to describe this great biblical figure who stands between the Old and the New Testaments. In the long line of Israelís prophets and just men and women, John "the Baptizer" was placed by Godís providence immediately before the Messiah, in order to prepare the way before him by his preaching and by the witness of his life.

Of all the Saints, John is the only one whose birth is celebrated by the Liturgy. We heard in the first Reading that the Lord called his Servant "from his motherís womb". This statement refers in its fullest sense to Christ, but in a derivative way it can also be applied to his Precursor. Both are born as the result of a special intervention by God: the first is born of the Virgin, the second of an elderly and barren woman. Even from his motherís womb John indicates the One who will reveal to the world the loving plan of God.

"From my motherís womb you called me" (Responsorial Psalm)
Today we can make our own these words of the Psalmist. God knew and loved us even before our eyes could contemplate the marvels of creation. At birth all men and women receive a human name. But even before that, each one has a divine name: the name by which God the Father knows and loves them from eternity and for eternity. This is true for everyone, with the exception of none. No one is nameless in Godís sight! All have equal value in his eyes: all are different, yet all are equal, and all are called to be sons and daughters in the SonÖ

"His name is John" (Lk 1:63). Before his astonished kinsmen, Zechariah confirms that this is the name of his son, writing it on a tablet. God himself, through his angel, had given that name, which in Hebrew means "God is benevolent". God is benevolent to human beings: he wants them to live; he wants them to be saved. God is benevolent to his people: he wants to make of them a blessing for all the nations of the earth. God is benevolent to humanity: he guides its pilgrim way towards the land where peace and justice reign. All this is contained in that name: John!

Dear brothers and sisters! John the Baptist was the messenger, the forerunner: he was sent to prepare the way for ChristÖ

June 23, 2007

Excerpted from POPE JOHN PAULíS homily at Kyiv (Chayka Airport), Ukraine, Sunday, 24 June 2001.

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No one is nameless in Godís sight! All have equal value in his eyes: all are different, yet all are equal, and all are called to be sons and daughters in the Son... This is true for everyone, with the exception of none.

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