THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST—VIGIL & DAY
Luke 1:5-17 & 57-66.80
‘When Zechariah saw him (angel), he was alarmed and felt afraid. But the angel said to him, ‘Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! (Here we need to expound the word ‘alarmed and afraid’ of which we know that even Mary, who was filled with the Holy Spirit was ‘deeply troubled and wondered’, so too we who are being called by God would likewise wonder and troubled by the Words of God through the Holy Spirit. Before the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the First Pentecost onward, it was the angels of the Lord who would speak to us and revealed to us God’s plans and wills.
So when God appeared to us whether these were through angels or through the Holy Spirit, there will be intense moments of awe and wonders, because we had yet to know and see fully the plans and wills of God for each of us, but we will be filled with His Grace and Holy Spirit and there will be manifestations of signs and wonders appearing in our lives to reveal to us that the Lord is with us and is journeying with us as He calls us to His Mission and Plan. When we welcome the Good News of God through Christ, He alone will inspires us and fills us with zeal and passions, usually not fully known by us as the transformations in our hearts and lives started to take place, while others may think that we are possessed by spirits, but those who are filled with the Holy Spirit will also be filled with God’s Love as we are drawn into the Kingdom of God through our hearts fully open to Him, so as we link ourselves fully with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, we will experience the flows of God’s Love and Spirit from the Father or the Blessed Trinity coming to us through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the affairs of our hearts in love with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, while before these amazing moments of awe and contemplations, we are being love by God through Christ, but we could not experience these fully until we respond to His calls.)
… ‘He will be a great man in the Lord’s sight. He must not drink any wine or strong drink. From his very birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and he will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go ahead of the Lord, strong and mighty like the Prophet Elijah. He will bring fathers and children together again; he will turn disobedient people back to the way of thinking of the righteous; he will get the Lord’s people ready for Him.’
Malachi 4:5 stated, ‘But before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes, I will send you the Prophet Elijah. He will bring fathers and children together again; otherwise I would have to come and destroy your country.” (So we need to take these Words of God seriously whereby since the Day of the Incarnation of God into Man, His Death, Ascension and Enthronement on the Right-Hand side of the Blessed Trinity and the Descent of the Holy Spirit; these are the Day predestined by God as the ‘great and terrible day’ and these days had came to pass more than two thousand years ago and this will culminate in the End of Time, so before the End of Time, which is a specific Day when the Lord Jesus Christ, the Glorious Son of Man would return; these intermediate stages are the end times of which we will be scrutinized and purified by the Holy Spirit. Indeed without the Holy Spirit of Christ, there is no salvation for all human beings and if we continued to reject the Spirit of Christ till the Last Day or End of Time, then these human souls with resurrected bodies will return to the source of their evils, darkness and malice as their supposed to be eternal inheritances were being exchanged for what human hearts treasured that are of and from these world, be these relationships or material gains which garners glories and honors for ourselves in this world. So these human beings sold off their eternal inheritances with the perishable things of this world, so there is no longer any light of God in their resurrected and human spiritual bodies; so these do not need God to throw them to hell, but each human beings will know their destinations because where their hearts are, there their homes shall be.
Therefore we need to know that God created Adam and Eve good and holy and God was pleased with human beings and His entire creations of the six days, but they abused their freewill of which God bestowed on all human beings and angels freewill, but it is up to us and the angels to hold on to ‘my will’ or instead trust God fully to manage these ‘freewill’ given to each of us. When we started to engrossed ourselves on focusing on ‘I, me and myself’ than we need to be awakened to know that these are the works of Satan and we approved of him in our lives, so he is going to manage, dictate and direct our lives as he had been upgraded to become our lord and master; so we need to repent of our sins, because focusing on ourselves are obvious signs that we are submitting ourselves at Satan’s disposals and he will destroy our sanity and dignity as children of God created to inherit Eternal Life in union with Christ. Signs that we are in safe Hands and secure are when we showed signs by using the words, ‘we, us, ours’ because these are signs that we have the angels and saints by our sides, so with these realities within us, the Kingdom of God is before us and we could see and know that God is our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the Right-Hand of God the Father, with His saints and angels before Him, so whoever belonged to the Family of God belonged to us, because we could identify ourselves as one of the saints in Heaven.
These great and terrible Day is still before us and these are moments of Graces of which the Graces of God in His Love and Mercy are poured on each of us and when we died, we will see that we are drawn to God’s Mercy Seat in the Glorious Son of Man, so our sins would be forgiven if we repented but on the Last Day which is at the end of these last days, there will not be any flow of mercy but God will administer His Justice, so could we withstand His Judgment on the Last Day whereby if we expect God to forgives us, then we must forgive others and if we want God to bring us to Heaven, had we show God’s Love and Mercy to others while we are on earth?
Matthew 25:35-36 stated, “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’
Matthew 11:29 stated, “Take My Yoke (Cross) upon you and learn from Me, for I Am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 16:24 stated, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.”
All these are pointing to the necessities that our lives in this world although are supposed to be victorious lives, living as Easter people of God demands that we share the Yoke of Christ and this is an invitations to consecrate our lives as ‘living sacrifices’ in unity with Christ in the Mysteries of the Paschal Passion which is alive since He offered up His Body and Blood as the atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. So offering ourselves as ‘living sacrifices’ in unity with the ‘Living Sacrifice’ of Christ, we share in the Divine Mission of Christ and His Church on earth in His Kingdom on earth, whereby although we are supposed to be restored to spiritual and physical wholeness as the Holy Spirit consecrates us to be His temples in this world, but the remnants of all else that are restored will be reserved for us to share in the Yoke of Christ. Mystic of Christ will revealed to us that all their physical sufferings that they prayed were healed and their bodies empowered by the Holy Spirit will see the Powers and Authority of God in His Love, so without the presence of Satan and his evil spirits in our bodies; these bodies will be restored to spiritual as well as physical wholeness, but the remnants that God chooses not to heal which could even be excruciating pains and sufferings which saints-to-be on earth who are mystics of Christ will know that these are sharing in the Yoke of Christ; these could be in the forms of emotional and mental torments as consequences of us being patience with others, heartbrokenness by allowing our dear and love ones, like our children to leave homes and set up their own families, pursues their careers, sickness especially chronics suffering which the saints-to-be on earth have to bear every day of their lives. When these are offered up as living sacrifices in unity with the Living Sacrifice of Christ, then we are truly showing the highest forms of love, superseded those of physical acts of charities, because these will save many souls and brings them into the Presence of God.)
… ‘Her neighbors and relatives heard how wonderfully good the Lord had been for her, and they all rejoiced with her. (So what the neighbors saw was an old lady in Elizabeth was given a baby boy, which was sure sign of God’s interventions and powers. But these neighbors did not know what would soon happen when the child was thirty years old as he would be beheaded by King Herod and that would indeed be a ‘curse’ from human perceptions. But human beings in this world would not be able to see what are within the hearts, souls and human spirits of human beings and their Communion with God as these blessed souls and beings of saints-to-be on earth are yearning and deeply thirst and hunger to listen, obey and do the will of God because they could experience the Divine Love of the Blessed Trinity in unity with the Love that fills the Sacred Heart and Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, so participating in the Mystery of the Yoke of Christ will save our own souls as well as souls that needed our help and prayers as God through Christ will assures us that none of our sufferings and sacrifices will be laid to waste, but all will reap the fullness of blessings and graces for needy souls and human beings.)
… ‘No! His name is to be John.’ (We may not really know and the consequences may these blessings and ‘curses’ to the children, families and others related to these children when we give names to our children. When we named our children, just like Adam named His wife Eve and all creatures of the land, sea and sky; those whom we named are subjected to us as honors given to us by our Creator God, but be aware that when parents who are filled with unclean spirits with unclean intentions named their children with motives and plans that these children of theirs will be ‘consecrated’ by God or ‘desecrated’ by Satan. These will have mortal bearings and consequences in their lives on earth, so we need to consecrate the names that our parents give to us, so that any impure, unholy or even evil intentions will be delivered, cleansed and cast off from these names which come with motives and intentions may these sacred or evils.
John was the name God gives to the son of Zechariah who would soon takes the Role of the Mighty Prophet Elijah, Mighty because God is Mighty, so is His Plan for Elijah and passed on to John the Baptist and all these are to prepared for the coming of the Messiah who shall be above all Might, Power and Authority is the Lamb of God.)
22nd June 2022.