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John is his name

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The name John means, "the Lord is gracious."

The name John means, "the Lord is gracious."
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist six months before Christmas because of what we know from the biblical story. Elizabeth, John's mother, is in the sixth month of her pregnancy when an angel appears to Mary.  When people wondered if John was the Messiah, he pointed away from himself and said, "I am not the Messiah but have been sent ahead of Him. Now that He is here, He must increase, and I must decrease." In the Northern Hemisphere, the natural cycles of the earth point to this biblical story. John is born when daylight is the longest and then steadily decreases. Jesus is born when daylight is the shortest and thereafter increases. John said we must do the same. We remember John because he does what we are all called to do: point to the light of Jesus Christ.  May the light of Christ burn in our hearts and increase throughout our years!
Let's reflect more deeply on the life and mission of John the Baptist. We see the beginning of the fulfillment of this word when the Angel Gabriel announces to Zechariah the marvelous birth and mission of John. When this newly born child is about to be named, as customary on the eighth day, his relatives quibble over what to name to give him. (Don't relatives today often do the same when time comes for naming a newborn?) This child, however has been named from above. The name John means, "the Lord is gracious." In the births of both John and Jesus we see the grace of God breaking forth into a world broken by sin and death; a world that seemingly wanted to reject God. John's miraculous birth shows the mercy and favor of God in preparing His people for the coming of its Savior, the Christ.
Point to Pray and Ponder: I praise you, for I am wonderfully made, truly You have formed me; You knit me in my mother's womb (Ps 139:13).
God wants to fill us with his glory all the days of our lives, from birth through death. Let us renew each day the offering of our lives to God. We are wonderfully made: ______ is your name!
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