June 24. Birth of John the Baptist “JB is one of my favourite saints,” Alan said, “He was a specially chosen person, to begin a new era in salvation history as we heard in Luke’s gospel and his birth was quite unusual as his mother was past child-bearing age. We know little more about him until he reappears years later. But he responded to what he knew he was called to do.  Why are so many of our young people so wishy-washy with little sense of direction? Do they need strong parental guidance, teachers or mentors to inspire them? Where does a sense of direction and hope for the future come from?”  “JB was a prophet like the Old Testament prophets preaching repentance and right behaviour. I wish God would speak to me and give me a sense of direction for my future.” 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:.   He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. Luke 1:16-17. Pope Francis:    A spirituality which forgets God as al-powerful and Creator is not acceptable. That is how we end up worshipping earthly powers or ourselves usurping the place of God even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.  LS 75