Although American Catholics in general don’t tend to make a fuss over the Nativity of John the Baptist, today’s solemnity is one of the church’s earliest, and it used to be widely celebrated in Europe with bonfires and outdoor festivities. Some regions still hold celebrations for John, who prepared humanity for the coming of Christ. The bonfires recognize the fire within this zealous, outspoken saint. Do you harbor a fire for Christ? If your passion has ebbed, pray to Saint John the Baptist to intercede that you might reignite your fire for the kingdom of God.
Day: Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80 (587).
“He asked for a tablet and wrote, ‘John is his name.’ ”