Even before his birth, circumstances were such that John the Baptist’s parents sensed their son’s uniqueness. John had a mission and he fulfilled it. No matter what our parental heritage or the situation regarding our birth, none of us can claim John’s history. I doubt any of us had angels making announcements before our birth or fathers whose voice was silenced until our arrival. And yet, as far removed as our lives might seem to be from this historical figure, they are not.
God also has a desire for our lives. Each of us in our mother’s womb was also known to God. Each of us at our birth was already on a journey of dedication, called to a life of reflecting the goodness of God. Each of us, in our own way, is on a mission to be fulfilled. May we live in such a way that we carry the message John carried: “Have a clean heart. Keep your eyes on Jesus and his teachings. Desire to do good.”
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