The Birth of John the Baptist
Luke 1:57-66, 80
I failed, I guessed wrong, my best laid plans, all for naught. I went out to Colorado, to be with my daughter to be with her while she delivers the baby, my first grandchild, and she did not deliver the baby. I guess, the little bugger is just very happy where he is at. As we celebrate, “The Birth of John the Baptist,” it is another reminder to me that God has a plan for us. It is much better than our plan, our job is to look for the hand of God leading us to that plan.
In our first reading from Isaiah, we hear, “You are my servant in whom I will be glorified,” these are words of great encouragement, yet the servant says, “I have toiled in vain, and have spent all my strength.” The servant is able to continue by placing his trust in the Lord.
In our second reading, on this birthday celebration, we are given a gift, where Paul says, “We have been given a baptism of repentance.” Not money, not gold, not silver, but a spirit of repentance, how wonderful.
In our Gospel, we hear the story of the naming of John, as the neighbors gather, and they expect Elizabeth and to say the babies name to be Zechariah after his father, but God has a plan and the baby’s name is John.
What plans do we have today? If we open our spirit up to God’s plan life will be a whole lot better. The Eucharist is given to us to hear the voice of God more clearly in our lives.