Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist. What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus? John knew.
In those days, Paul said:
“God raised up David as king;
of him God testified,
I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’
All who want to follow Jesus must heed the words of John. It is a baptism of repentance that leads us discipleship. That means that we are called to a fundamental change of our lives. Our attitude toward each other must be focused on love and mercy. Doing so will lead us to a deeper experience of God’s love.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.