Homily for Vigil Mass of Saint John the Baptist, June 23, 2014

Readings for Today

Just how well does God know us?  This evening’s first reading reminds us that God’s knowledge and love of us is long and deep.  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”  While these words are addressed to Jeremiah specifically, we can also see them as an important reality in our own lives.  For just as Jeremiah was loved by God from all eternity, so too are we.

Not only that, but today’s first reading reminds us as well, not only does God give us the mission unique to us, but provides us with the grace to be successful in its completion.  It is God who sends.  It is God who gives the task. It is God who commands. It is God who gives us what we need.  “See, I place my words in your mouth!

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