The great forerunner (23 June)

Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist who was a cousin of Jesus. Both John and Jesus had miraculous births heralded by an angel. Little is known of John up to the start of his ministry, not long before Jesus’ ministry began.

The commemoration of John’s birth is distinct from the birth of other saints who are usually celebrated on the day of their death. This underscores John’s special role in Christian theology as the forerunner of the Lord Jesus – the one who prepared his way.

John’s life and ministry should serve as a reminder for us to prepare our hearts and lives for Christ, just as John prepared the way for Jesus’ earthly ministry. His message of repentance and renewal is timeless and relevant for all.

Grace and peace to you all.