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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Mass during the Day
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We are called from the womb for a purpose. Like Saint John who went on to proclaim God’s son as the light of all nations and became a man of great purpose.

Helpless and hopeless in our addiction, we remained concealed and unaware of our name before God. Yet, through our baptism, God gave us a name and prepared us for battle as a sharp-edged sword. In order to know God’s calling and to embrace our names, though, we have to be quiet in prayer and listen to His voice. In these moments of grace, we can hear His call and a light will be ignited inside us so we can share that light with all in our recovery. In other words, when we are most vulnerable, admitting that we are powerless over our addiction and that only God can bring us to sanity, we begin to hear our names as beloved children of God for the purpose of glorifying Him.


Reflection Questions

  • What did it feel like when you couldn’t hear God’s voice in the chaos of your addiction? How did God’s voice break through into your life, giving you a name and purpose?
  • What might you do today to fulfill your purpose of being a light to others?


Daily Mass Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15
Second Reading: Acts 13:22-26
Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80

Reflection by Gini G.

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