Homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Intention for the Day: Prayer that God would make us achieve our purpose and dream in life. Amen.
By: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
Homily for Monday, June 25 2019
Readings: Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80
A friend of mine recently held an egg of a turkey in his hands and commented that “this is a complete life”. At that level of still an egg, he could recognise everything about the egg. And that explains everything about potential of an individual. It goes on to say, everything we need to become a man or woman is already in built in each of us from that moment of conception. Our name is only a confirmation of the direction we are going.
This is exactly what we celebrate today in the birth of John the Baptist. Just as the first reading said, before he was born, he had been commissioned to be the forerunner, a man that goes before the Lord and the gospel reaffirmed this when at his birth, his father was blessed and the people immediately marvel at the wonder of his being for his name John meaning the graciousness of God strikes deep thoughts.
My dear friends, the question each should ask himself and anyone we meet is, what does God want me or him or her to be? Definitely, it’s good. There is a divine purpose for everyone of us. We are beautifully made by God and not left to chance on anything that happens. Zechariah and some wanted to rewrite John’s purpose by giving him another name. We mustn’t resist God through bad friendship, sin or despair. Because God’s plan is the supreme. We must cooperate with his plan, which is goodness. The potential of John us connected with his name which is graciousness of God which he showed to the people.
God’s plan for us too is good and it’s connected to our callings, whatever profession, career, vocation etc, God has something he want us to achieve there and how and the strength to achieve it is already in us. We only need to bring it out and praise God for the wonder of our being. May the Lord make us to become what he has planned. Amen.