Cycle C

Good News C31b

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist



Luke 1:57-66, 80 New American Bible

Luke 1:57-66, 80 New International Version Bible Gateway

 Information about Renewal of Baptismal Promises


          Elizabeth 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. 

          When John 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, now.

           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,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”




Copyright © 2007 Joan Y. Edwards