Good News C31b
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Luke 1:57-66, 80 New
1:57-66, 80 New International Version Bible Gateway
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told her husband that she was going to have a baby. He did not believe her. Both Elizabeth
and Zechariah were very old. Zechariah did not
believe that God could give them a baby. This made God upset with Zechariah. So he took away his voice. Then Zechariah was
unable to speak. On the day their son
was born, Elizabeth
told everyone his name would be John. They said, “No way. There is no one in your family with that
name. Then Zechariah
wrote on his slate, “His name shall be John.”
After he wrote this, he was able to speak again. God was very happy with him.
When we have faith that God can and
will help us, he is a happy camper. When
we say, “This one is too difficult for God to handle. It cannot be done. It makes him sad.
the Baptist was born, everyone was happy.
They knew that he was a blessing from God. They wondered what he would do and why God
had sent him to the world. We know now what
he did. He went out among God’s people
telling them to repent. He told them
that God wanted them to change their evil ways.
He told them God wanted them to be baptized with water as a way of
showing him that they were willing to change for him.
You may have been baptized as a
baby. Renew your baptismal promises,
I say “No” to the devil.
I say “No” to the devil’s evil ways.
I say “No” to the rewards the devil
promises when he tempts me.
I say “Yes” to God’s ways.
I say “Yes” to Jesus
Christ, God’s only son who died on the Cross for me.
I say “Yes” to loving God above all
things and loving my neighbor as myself.
When you do these things, it will prove to God
that you love him very much.
Say the “Our Father” and thank God
for giving you life and forgiveness.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
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