Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016: (Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
Jesus said: “My people, St. John the Baptist was My herald in the desert who prepared the people for My coming by calling them to repent and be baptized. While he was still in the womb of St. Elizabeth, he first acknowledged My coming as he stirred in the womb, when My Blessed Mother came with Me in her womb. This birth is celebrated because it is one of the first signs of My coming. St. John the Baptist’s birth was a miracle birth when St. Elizabeth conceived him in her old age. The angel Gabriel announced his coming birth and that he would be named ‘John’ and not after his father. St. Zechariah was made mute when he questioned St. John’s birth. After St. John’s birth and it was time to name St. Zechariah’s son, then St. Zechariah could speak again and he gave his beautiful words that are recited in morning prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours. St. John the Baptist proclaimed My coming, and he said that he was unworthy of tying My sandals. He also said that he must decrease while I must increase in importance. This statement is how you should all live your lives by decreasing your own importance, and let Me run your lives with My grace. When you give up self to let Me lead you in all that you do, then I can use you to fulfill the plan I have for your life. If you decide to run your own life, then you are preventing Me from acting through you. This is why you must decrease while I must increase as your Master.”