June 24: Nativity John Baptist
A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer
Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit
from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End
Giovanni di Paolo: John the Baptist going Off into the Desert, National Gallery, London, 1453
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Prayer and Fasting in the Desert
Father, you reveal yourself to every human being at every moment, the same one revelation spoken through the Word, now made flesh in our Lord Jesus. Our grasp of your one Word, however, is limited by our finite historical and cultural situation, as well as by the blindness which comes with the common sinfulness of humanity and our own personal sins. With each moment we have the invitation to grow not only in the life that you, Father, share with us, but also in our understanding.