What comes to mind when you hear the name John the Baptist?
John the Baptist’s zeal was focused on leading souls to Christ. He derived fulfillment in life knowing that his work brought joy to the Lord. Saint John the Baptist can inspire each of us to live, love and serve God in a way that includes looking around and reaching out to others in need.
God has given each of us a mission that we discover throughout our lives, we just have to take the time to listen. Make a list of ways you can follow John the Baptist’s lead in helping all those you encounter. Some ideas may include: inviting someone to Mass with your family or reading a book about faith enrichment together.
Pray with your family that you all will utilize the zeal inside your hearts to hear God’s call and serve Him. May God bless you on this Feast of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!