Today, June 24, we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. Jesus, himself, called John – who prepared the way for Him by his preaching – the greatest of men. “A voice of one crying out in the desert,” John told the people of his time that the Lord was near.
The angel Gabriel announced to Zechariah, John’s father, that his wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son. Zechariah did not believe this because Elizabeth was beyond childbearing age. Yet the angel insisted, “You shall call him John, for he will be great before the Lord and filled with the Holy Spirit.”
John the Baptist, who proclaimed throughout Judea the message of repentance, prepared the way for Jesus. Many were baptized by John in the River Jordan as a sign of their conversion. Jesus, after being baptized by John, began His public ministry.
Sincerely in Christ,