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Pastor's Corner

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 24, 2018

What is the mission of the messenger?

Today, the messenger described in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is truly a missionary. The feast of John the Baptist invites us to consider ourselves as messengers; Godís message entrusted to us; the people receiving the message; and the messengerís atti-tude. Just as the prophet Isaiah foretold, Saint John the Baptist bravely accepts his mission as precursor. The Collect today briefly summarizes his beautiful life of surrender. He is the prophet who prepares the way of the Lord for a community that, guided by the Holy Spirit, is likewise called to share the good news of salvation to the whole world.

We, the Church, are also messengers called to prepare the world for Christ, who is the good news of peace and salvation. We are called to be missionary disciples who grow in the commitment to welcome those who seek God, and move beyond our comfort zones to the peripheries of society to proclaim Christís presence in the midst of darkness and sin. The characters in todayís Scriptures reflect the faithful response of the Church: the trust that Eliza-beth and (later) Zechariah place in the Lord, the persistence of Saint John in announcing the way of penance and purification, and the public testimony of resurrected life in Christ preached by Saint Paul in the Second reading. It is important that our clergy and lay ministers reflect upon these attitudes, and evalu-ate their lives as missionary disciples in the ministry they exer-cise in the Church.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

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