LISTEN: Reflection on the Nativity of John the Baptist

This Sunday we celebrate the birthday of John the Baptist, the great announcer of Jesus, who was to come. He is a key figure for us and I’d like to suggest, in this reflection, that he came to proclaim the goodness of God’s creation – us. And, to call us to expect more.

John the Baptist, would likely have heard the Scriptures in his religious upbringing. He pursued his service of the Lord faithfully, as his servant ­– but that was not enough – he knew too that he was called to be light. In other words, to be good and to model the Messiah that was eagerly awaited.

He recognises that he is not the Messiah and is careful to warn people that he is Yet to come. He also knows himself and his personal failings and so recognises that he is not entirely good but has committed sinful acts, that he is affected by sin – and this accounts for the mission of repentance and conversion which he so fervently preached to all. But, that’s not all.

Like John the Baptist, we too ought to be good, and indeed very good, to do the Lord’s favour – proclaim the Gospel with our lives as we are called to do at the end of the Mass.  Not to offer a narrative of sin and sinfulness as we too often hear but a narrative of God’s grace and goodness through, with and in us.

Join Ricardo da Silva SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Nativity of John the Baptist.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139; Acts 13:22-26 & Luke 1:57-66,80

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Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ

Rev. Ricardo da Silva SJ (born in Coimbra, Portugal 1983; entered the Jesuits 2007; ordained deacon 2019) immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa with his mother at the age of six. He had a career in marketing, communications and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007 and has studied communications (SA), philosophy (UK), theology (Brazil) and journalism (USA). He is passionate about liturgical music, communications, and ethics and takes delight in good company and food. He has ministered to a wide range of people in many different contexts, from the elderly to high school and university students, refugees, migrants and the homeless. He has just completed the foundational Master of Science degree at the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. @ricdssj
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