Daily Gospel Reflection for June 24, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80

The birth of a baby is always such a joyful event. My children love for me to tell the stories of their birth days. Each one has his or her own unique story. St. John the Baptist’s birthday story is shared with us in today’s Gospel. Happy Birthday, St. John. What a great story!
Upon the news of your birth, all kinds of friend and family came to visit. So excited were they that they wanted to choose your name. Yet, the angel had made known your name from the beginning. Though your dad was quieted, your mom knew your name was to be John. Sure that you should be named after your father, the family turned to your dad to see what he wished for you to be called. Upon his obedience to the angel’s command, his tongue was loosed. With the first words spoken in nine months, you dad praised God. Then all knew you were going to be a special person indeed.

“What will this child be?”

With the birth of each child God gives us, we should contemplate this question. Oh, it is fun to think, “With such long fingers, she would make a fine concert pianist” or “With lungs like that, he is going to be a preacher!” Pianist, preacher, doctor, lawyer, sanitation worker. The answer to the question “What will this child be?” should always be the same. Like John the Baptist, my child is destined to be a saint!

Did not Jesus say, “I assure you, there is no man born of a woman greater than John, yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28)? By their Baptism, our children are children of God and heirs to the Kingdom. They are greater than the great John the Baptist!
We need to make them aware of their great dignity and their high calling. If, as they grow, they put into practice the motto of St. John the Baptist, “He must increase; I must decrease,” saints they will become.

Ponder:

How can I help my child become a saint?

Pray:

St. John the Baptist, though Baptism, my children are heirs of the Kingdom of God. Beg God to pour the graces upon them that they need to become saints. St. Elizabeth, pray for me, their mother. Zachariah pray for my husband, their father. Help us all to be holy. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Kelly Guest

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At the age of 20, Kelly entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN, receiving the name Sr. Anne Joachim. For five years, she lived and studied religious life. She also completed her secular education while a sister, earning a BA degree in History with a minor in Spanish and a secondary education certification from Belmont University. Sr. Anne Joachim taught eighth grade at St. Rose Academy in Birmingham, AL and fifth grade at St. Henry's School in Nashville. Upon the completion of her temporary vows, she decided to come back home to Maryland, where she met, fell in love with, and, three years later, married the man of her dreams. Kelly and her husband Paul are the proud parents of ten children, one of whom is already in heaven. Along with mothering and homeschooling until high school their nine children, Kelly has been the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima in Baltimore and is currently the youth minister at her home parish, St. Bartholomew Church, Manchester, MD.

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  1. Kelly, what a great reflection for a wonderful feast day celebration. As I ponder your question, I keep coming back to the fact that in my life, one of the best answers is to let my children see me actively striving for sainthood myself – let them find me praying, reading my bible, acting charitably, and yes of course teaching them about all of this, in word and in deed. When we love something as much as we love our faith, it feels natural to want to share it with them. What a gift. And today, I love the readings/psalms reminder that each of us are “wonderfully made” for the purpose of helping draw ourselves and others closer to God.

    • Thanks, Lisa. The 139th Psalm is my favorite. I am sure your children are on their way to becoming saints, as are you!

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