James Lillis, Thomas Trs
Bob Seingier, Lydia Byrne, Helen Benstock
Bob Sullivan, Mary Galvin, Francis Compton
James Johnston, Martin Smith, Eileen Buckley
Francis Coutinho, Rose Day
May They Rest in Peace
Luke the evangelist parallels the birth of Jesus the Messiah at the Winter Solstice and the birth of John the Baptist, his precursor, at the Summer Solstice. With prophetic words and a baptism in water Johns mission was to recall the sons of the ancient covenant. His tasks is to turn all hearts to Jesus and then fade quietly away into the background.
The ancient words of the great Prophet Isaiah, telling of the coming Messiah who will restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel, come to life in the preaching of John the Baptist who in his day heralded the One who make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.
Paul reminds his Jewish converts of the great faithfulness of the Lord’s precursor in his belief in the One whom he heralds.
Zachariah and Elizabeth name their son John, in spite of the opposition of their relatives and neighbours. The name John means God’s gracious gift! The parents of this blessed child give thanks to God not knowing that their offspring would become the fulfilment of ancient prophecy when in adulthood he became the man who would announce the presence of the Saviour of the world.
Ann O’Connor, Rosamma Joseph
Richard Lamb, Connie Hall
Jonathan Eley, Gloria Soar, Annie Childs
Kevin Abedi, Wesley Leachman, Kim Nichol
Eileen Pinner, Mary May
In Neighbouring Parishes
I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Islands, listen to me, pay attention, remotest peoples. The Lord called me before I was born, from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name. He made my mouth a sharp sword, and hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a sharpened arrow, and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, ‘You are my servant (Israel) in whom I shall be glorified’; while I was thinking, ‘I have toiled in vain, I have exhausted myself for nothing’; and all the while my cause was with the Lord, my reward with my God. I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, my God was my strength. And now the Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him: ‘It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’
Jesus, whose coming was heralded by John. Paul said: ‘God deposed Saul and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.” ‘My brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and all you who fear God, this message of salvation is meant for you.’
'His name is John'. The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy. Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name’, and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
Sunday 24th June