Jan. 7. Birth of John the Baptist

Lk. 1:57-80

Three months passed and Mary went back home to Nazareth and Elizabeth’s big day arrived. John was born!

Jewish males were circumcised and named on the eighth day after their birth. A large crowd of well-wishers was on hand and they expected the baby would be named Zacharias for his father. Elizabeth said that his name would be John. This perplexed the people so they made signs to Zacharias asking what he would have him called. Zacharias called for a writing tablet upon which he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately he began to speak and to praise God.