Saturday, December 08, 2012

John, like a speeding bullet..

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,
and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,
and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region
of Ituraea and Trachonitis,
and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,
during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.
John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

When Father Eagle read these words today an image suddenly popped into my mind of St. John sitting around minding his own business when he is told, "It's time." Did an angel come to him like Gabriel did to his father? Did he have a vision of God or did the Lord send Elijah to him? However the word of God came to John he had his marching orders. The boy who was born to Zachariah and Elizabeth in their old ages was a man now, a man with a mission and like a bullet he was off. He would not tarry, or stop or turn from his path until his death.


Old Bob said...

The deacon gave the homily yesterday evening; his first (and to me very interesting) comment was that St. Luke began the way he did, to fix John's and Jesus' appearances at a definite and specific time and place in history.
Nobody can say "this is a fairy-tale fable, neither man really existed." I wonder if St. Luke had that in mind.

Gina said...

I actually wrote about why John found himself in the wilderness from a very young age earlier this year:

Several saints have been blessed with visions of young John the Baptist. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich was one of them.

I could read her visions for hours and hours...

Dymphna said...

Thank you, Gina. BTW, Bob, your card idea gave me inspriation. I may try doing one with a nativity on the front and the Pieta on the back.

Old Bob said...

Well, thank you!
The idea isn't original with me. I think I got it from Caryll Houselander; she wrote a book titled Wood of the Cradle, Wood of the Cross.
Plus many a good preacher has said that Jesus came here to die.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert."

And next year, counting from accession of Tiberius, Vellejus Paterculus says that basically nothing remarcable has happened in this reign, just that Tiberius was an even better prince than Augustus and chose his advisors (like Sejanus) with even better care than him.

Did you know that by shouting "we have no King but Caesar" - referring to Tiberius - the Jews apostasised and put Tiberius in the place of God (covenant of Sinai) and of King David?

Well, what does TIBERIVS add up to?

T 84 80 4
I 73 150 7
B 66 210 13
E 69 270 22
R 82 350 24
I 73 420 27
V 86 500 33
S 83 580 36 = 616