Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
John the Baptist in today's reading is introduced as the voice of one crying out in the desert “Make straight the way of the Lord,” he said, quoting Isaiah the Prophet. John knew he was set aside from the very beginning, probably from his leap in Elizabeth's womb at the sound of Mary's voice. He was not a prophet, nor the Messiah; he was to prepare the people for the coming of Christ.
As mothers our role is very much like John the Baptist’s: to prepare our children for the coming of Christ. God put us in whatever season of life we find ourselves to prepare those around us. We are mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, religious, or laity and in these roles, we have the unique privilege to be role models for those around us for eternity.
The only difference in our roles and that of St. John the Baptist is that we do not have to do this alone. We have other Catholic Christian mothers that have like-minded values to support and encourage each other. We are truly privileged and as women, we are wired to nurture, love, and be that grounding force to keep things sane…in the insane world around us! So, be strong, be a force, be like St. John the Baptist in the desert crying out to those around you!
(However, I do not think we need to live on a diet of honey and locusts!)
Have you ever really thought about St. John the Baptist and the importance of his role? Take time to read about him and meditate on his role in salvation history.
Dear God, thank You for giving us Saint John the Baptist. Through him You have given us a great example of our role to those around us. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Copyright 2021 Ebeth Weidner
About the Author
Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.