Birthday of St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist tends to be a great favourite among monks and nuns. His humility, courage, joyful asceticism and fiery proclamation of the Truth are immensely appealing. I have written so much about him in the past that I feel obliged to limit this post to a single thought.

Jesus, Mary and John were related by blood and possibly shared a few character traits along with their DNA. We are accustomed to thinking about Christ in isolation, save for a few incidents where Mother-and-Child interaction reminds us that he did indeed live as a family member for most of his life. Where was John, his slightly elder contemporary? In boyhood, did Jesus look up to John; or was Jesus always the leader? Did they play together at family gatherings, or were Elizabeth and Zechariah not the mixing types? The family life of Jesus began in Bethlehem. Today’s feast reminds us that it did not end there.


1 thought on “Birthday of St John the Baptist”

  1. Many years ago, I read a book in which John and Jesus were not only cousins but also close friends.
    And then, of course, this book I really like “The Last Temptation of Christ” and this relationship between the two and how Jesus changes after John’s death, how he becomes more like his cousin in a certain fieriness…
    I have to learn to love John. He scares me. Somehow I am sure that were I to meet him he would lambast me…

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