Known as the man who baptized Jesus Christ and his disciples in the River Jordan, St. John the Baptist has always been one of the most popular saints in the Catholic religion. But more than this significant event in the history of Christianity, St. John’s relationship with Jesus Christ has already been established even before they were born.
The Jewish saint was conceived through the miraculous intercession of God to his parents, Zachariah and Elizabeth. Scriptures say that the couple struggled to have a child as they were too old to bear one. But through the help of the Angel Gabriel, the couple was gifted with a son whom they named John—a fateful fulfillment of God’s will. (Read: The miracles of ‘Sayaw sa Obando’)
At the same time that Elizabeth was carrying John in her womb, Mary was already pregnant with Jesus Christ. And when these two women met, an instant connection between their sons was made as John leaped in her mom’s womb, revealing to Elizabeth that the child Mary carried was to be the Son of God.
Years later, John grew up to be popular in the province of Judea for his strong faith and convictions. This was also how he reunited with Jesus Christ, who came to him to be baptized. John, already knowing that Jesus was the Saviour, instructed his followers to turn to Christ and call Him the “Lamb of God.” (Read: Four Daily Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
St. John has indeed played an important role in the fateful story of Jesus as well as the history of Christianity. For this, he was canonized as a saint and named patron of Jordan, Puerto Rico, and French Canada. His feast day is celebrated today, the 24th of June.
Prayer to St. John the Baptist
Oh God, you gave St. Elizabeth, in her old age, the gift of a son, St. John the Baptist, who would prepare the way for Jesus to begin His ministry here on earth.
Lord, Fill Your people with the joy of possessing graces like those of Saint John the Baptist, and direct the minds of all us in the way of salvation and peace. St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so may we Dear God, energetically profess our Faith in You, and help us to lead others to Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Eternal Life. Amen.
Prayer from catholicreadings.org.