Quote/s of the Day – 25 June – The Nativity of St John the Baptist
“ And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary,
the baby leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit …
“For behold, when the sound
of your greeting came to my ears,
the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
“I tell you, among those born of women,
no-one is greater than John;
yet the least in the kingdom of God
is greater than he.”
“At my birth,
I took away my mother’s barrenness
and while still an infant,
I healed my father’s dumbness,
for You gave me in childhood,
the gift of working miracles.”
St Gregory the Illuminator (c 213-270)
“As a representative of the past,
he is born of aged parents,
as herald of the new,
he is declared to be a prophet,
while still in his mother’s womb.”
“The release of Zechariah’s voice
at the birth of John,
is a parallel to the rending
of the veil, at Christ’s Crucifixion.
If John were announcing his own coming,
Zechariah’s lips would not have been opened.
The tongue is loosened because a voice is born.
“John is a voice for a time
but Christ is the eternal Word,
from the beginning.”