Today, Thursday 24 June 2021, we, as Church, celebrate the nativity of St John the Baptist. Why is St John the Baptist’s nativity celebrated by the Church in the most solemn way?
In Saint Luke’s Gospel, Jesus spoke highly of John, saying to the crowds: “I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:24. 28). If Jesus gave so much honour to John, thus placing him above all men, who are we to diminish, even for a second, his great holy stature in front of God?
Furthermore, John was the precursor of Christ as well as the bridge between the Old and New Testament, an aspect which the Eastern Church rightly highlights. In his Sermon 293, which had as a theme: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, St Augustine explains to us: