June 24, 2012 – The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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Have you ever said, “I am not cut out for this.”, or “I was made for this!”?  It’s funny how we seem to know who we are sometimes, and other times question our very ability to carry on.

In Isaiah 49, God makes it very clear just how well He knows us.  For Isaiah, God named him in the womb. The prophet was given an incredible gift before he was even born. The Creator of the universe knew him, loved him and made great plans for him.  It becomes up to Isaiah to live a life worthy of all the things God wants for him. I know what you are thinking: “I am not Isaiah.”  Hmmmmm…not totally true.  We are called to a life that acknowledges the deep intimate relationship our Creator wants to have with us.  He knows when we sit and when we stand. He understands our thoughts (Psalm 139).  Most importantly, God never makes garbage.

The Lord knew who John the Baptist would be.  He knew he was truly a voice crying out in the wilderness. When you encounter a situation in school, home, or work or on the playing field that challenges you to make a tough decision…be calm…remember, God made you for this moment. He formed you in the womb with a mission. He desires us to interact with Him and be humbled by His reign. We ought to be silent when words can’t describe Him. We are called to be loud when our hearts burn with the words that He has sewn there. What a thing of beauty it is to have been so well-prepared and designed to handle all that the world can throw at us!  Take peace in those times when we have to stand up for what we believe and be courageous in our actions.

Isaiah and John the Baptist teach us to fulfill the mission Christ has laid out for us. The details of our path will only be discovered in prayer. Communicate with your God without ceasing, like the prophets in our readings this weekend.  Listen to His voice.  Most of all, take confidence in the generations of believers that have gone before you.

Let us pray: Father, you know me better than I could ever know myself. You know in all truth what I have been, what I am, what I will become. You know me when I am loving and when I am selfish. You know when I succeed and when I fail. You know everything about me; and yet, Father, You love me more than I will ever know. You don’t hold it against me that I fail or am discouraged. You try also to show me that I should not hold it against myself, because by doing so, I will fail to love more.  You are forgiving and loving.  It is beyond my understanding.  I read Your word and am inspired; but then immediately, I feel its’ poverty in my own life.  But Father, if I do try to escape You, really where can I go?  Deep down I never want to escape You, but at times I try.  Help me to realize that at these times You will support me, You will send the light needed, You will send your consolation through another, You will send Your strength and courage. God, my Father, know my thoughts.  Guide me to You. You know what I desire, even though I do not always move toward my goal.

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