June 24, 2021
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Dedicated to God
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
Luke 1:66

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.”

- Sr. Joyce Rupp

Isaiah 49:1-6 • Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 Acts 13:22-26 • Luke 1:57-66, 80


June 24, 2021 at 09:34 AM

Today, we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’s cousin. I was trying to think of a few words that would best describe John. Fearless, strong, determined, beacon of light, confident are a fee that come to mind. Do we have some of these same qualities. To help, to continue to bring the Jesus’s light to others, we will need to be armed with many of these same qualities. Are we ready. There is too much darkness in the world today that needs our beacon of light to shine. As we heard earlier this week, they, others will be able to see our good fruit by our actions towards the world and others, our neighbors. The same is true with the Light Of Christ, to shine in the darkness of the world. As we bring the light, they will be able to see. John deep down knew the role that God chose for him to play in the world, so that his one and only son our Lord Jesus Christ would have path paved to begin his own ministry. John, thank you for your messages, baptisms, and all of the great qualities to have to help us have the church, faith we have today. Happy Birthday John, may your beacon light burn bright. Amen. Dear Jesus, please hear our prayers brought to your feet today by this Living Faith Family, may we continue bring the prayers of the one who have no one to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory, we pray. Amen

June 24, 2021 at 10:18 PM

Sue, Praying for your Complete Healing! May God continue to Bless and keep you in His Care!

June 24, 2021 at 09:32 AM

I ask for prayers, Living Faith Family. I am having a needle biopsy tomorrow , Friday. I had breast cancer in 2002. Prayers for benign, please. Thank you!

June 25, 2021 at 06:32 AM

Prayers for Sue!

June 24, 2021 at 10:03 PM

Sue Please know I am praying for you. Sorry my posts are getting lost. Ken

Bill L
June 24, 2021 at 05:11 PM

Prayers for you tonight, Sue.

June 24, 2021 at 03:03 PM

Sue, praying that the Lord will hear our prayers and surround you with his love and comfort. He will be there with you tomorrow. I too, have had the needle biopsies and left everything in his hands and he helped me through it. Praise our Lord Jesus Christ.

June 24, 2021 at 12:51 PM

Sue! Storming Heaven for you! Been there, and know the nerves and anxiety that come with it. My Rosary today will be whispered up for you. God Bless.

AZ Nanny of 4
June 24, 2021 at 12:27 PM

That should have been a picture of praying hands not question marks. Prayers for your strength as you wait for a good biopsy report. Blessings always

AZ Nanny of 4
June 24, 2021 at 12:24 PM


June 24, 2021 at 09:35 AM

Sue, our prayers are with you and our Lord Jesus is with you holding you tight. We pray, Amen.

June 24, 2021 at 08:42 AM

Amen! Thank you, Sr Joyce!

June 24, 2021 at 08:20 AM

I heard this new song last night watching the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Award on You Tube and thought about all the people we (you) have lost. Scars In Heaven by Casting Crown *** Watch the complete show of the 2021 K-LOVE Fan Award on You Tube:

June 24, 2021 at 08:15 AM

Is Jesus at home in your heart today? Would you have to clean house first if He was to come visit? What would you not want him to see? Jesus help me keep my heart clean, so others can see you through me. Praying for rain.

June 24, 2021 at 08:09 AM

Reminds me of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” *** I can hear God saying to you and I what Isaiah declared in Isaiah 49:1-6, “Hear me, xxxxxxx, listen, xxxxxxx. The LORD called me (Salina and your name) from birth, from my mother’s womb He gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of His arm. He made me a polished arrow, in His quiver He hid me. You are my servant, He said to me, xxxxxxx (the community where you and I live) through whom I show My glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, yet my reward is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God. For now the LORD has spoken Who formed me as His servant from the womb, that xxxxxxx may be brought back to Him and xxxxxxx gathered to Him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, He says, for you to be my servant, to raise up xxxxxxx, and restore the survivors of xxxxxxx; I will make you a light to the nations, that My Salvation may reach to the ends of the earth!” Amen! Can you hear it? *** Today’s reading tells me all the people: Isaiah, Paul, king David, John the Baptist, the psalmist, Elizabeth and Zachariah…God has prepared them for His purpose and for His glory! *** Do you know you are wonderfully made? As it was with all the saints mentioned above in today’s readings!!! ******* I for one is very grateful and joyful with the work God has prepared me to do not in my own strength and timing, but in His strength and timing :-) Joyful by Dante Bowe at K-LOVE Fan Award 2021

June 24, 2021 at 08:07 AM

Amen. :)

June 24, 2021 at 07:56 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

June 24, 2021 at 07:37 AM

Amen :)

June 24, 2021 at 07:02 AM

Amen. Beautiful reflection Sr Rupp. It brings my heart so much joy to believe the hand of the Lord is with all of us. That we are all on our journey as little missionaries. Prayers for all. Tim, I also recently started reading the Diary of St Faustina. I’m following along with St Faustina’s Diary in a year podcast. Every reading is followed by a wonderful reflection by Father Roesch.

June 24, 2021 at 09:42 AM

EM, it is changing my life. He is speaking to me through her. My heart is being filled with much love, joy and awareness of his mercy that he has for each of us. And his message to all of us is getting clearer with each page I read. I bring the Diary to adoration, as you are able to see, this is when Jesus speaks to St. Faustina the most. Thank you for sharing this with me. Amen.


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