Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist

Dan Lynch
June 23, 2020

  
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that your family may walk in the way of salvation and, attentive to what Saint John the Precursor urged, may come safely to the One he foretold, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. The Collect Prayer of the Mass.
 
 
June 24 is the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist. When St. John the Baptist was circumcised, his father, Zechariah, said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David.”
 
This “mighty savior” was John’s cousin, Jesus King of All Nations, born in the line of King David.
 
Zechariah said to his son John, “You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.” (Luke 1:76-77).


 
This was the good news of the gospel proclaimed at the beginning of the ministries by both John, who prepared the way for Jesus, and by Jesus himself. Both of them preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).
 
This preaching is not just for the past, it is always true because the repentance that they preached always remains the way into the kingdom that they announced. The Kingdom of God is the same as the Kingdom of Heaven. It is eternal life and its beginning may be enjoyed now! (See Matthew 25:34, 46; John 3:15).
 
Pope Francis preached that the conversion we are called to signifies a continuous effort toward cleansing the heart.
 
“Conversion, every day,” Pope Francis said, “does not mean one must beat oneself as penance for committing a wrong. …The path to holiness is simple. Do not go back, but always moving forward, right? And with fortitude.”
 
Especially today, we must move forward with fortitude as Pope Francis asked. We must stand up for Jesus in our Culture of Death that Secular Humanists have brought us in their utopian attempt to make a perfect world through human effort alone without God. Every person is called to recognize the reign of Jesus King of All Nations in his Kingdom. Each person is called to accept Christ’s sovereignty and submit himself to his reign through faith and conversion.
 
Jesus told his Secretary, “I want to reign in all hearts!!!” (Journal 233). “My throne on this earth remains in the hearts of all men. I most particularly reign in the most holy Eucharist, and in loving hearts that believe in me, that speak with me, and I tell you, my daughter, that I do speak in the hearts of all men.” (Journal 197).
 
Jesus told his Secretary, “I Am King of Heaven and earth! Hear Me, O Peoples of the Earth! My Reign is near at hand. Turn from your perverse and evil ways! I tell you, unless you turn back to me and repent, I will strike you in my most perfect justice. Children of men, your God loves you! Why must you be so hard of heart, so as not to reflect upon yourselves and hear the anguished cry of your God? My children, your God appeals to you. Now is the time of great Mercy. Take heed and benefit from it. If you do not, a most grievous chastisement will suddenly fall upon you.” (Journal 21-23).
 
Jesus wants his reign to be recognized on earth; he wants the bishops' approval of his devotion and he wants the enthronement of his image everywhere.
 
Let us respond to his requests as best as we are able.
 
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Our apostolate is responding to Pope Francis’ call to “go forth!” to bring mercy to our parishes and communities so that they may become what Pope Francis calls, “islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!”
 
We do this by training Parish Teams to prepare and plan their parish and community for mercy with Visitations of the image of Jesus King of All Nations, in cooperation with their pastors. We will ship them the image and religious goods and the booklets for the congregation entitled An Hour of Prayer for Life, Peace and Protection with Jesus King of All Nations.

 
If you request to be a Guardian for a Visitation, you will need to form a Guardian Team to plan and implement the Visitation in cooperation with the pastor to schedule and prepare the Prayer Service. You will also need to schedule the Visitation sites for the works of mercy and prepare the publicity and the distribution of the religious goods.
 
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