John the Baptist

From 'Baptism of Christ in the Jordan' by Jacob de Wit
When you respond to someone’s sneeze with an instinctive ‘bless you’, do you ever think about what you’re saying? Sr Teresa White reflects on the essentially social dynamic of a blessing and the way in which John the Baptist, the feast of whose Passion we observe on 29 August, was a communicator of blessing in his life. Blessing, in my childhood, was considered to be the preserve of priests. That this was so is confirmed, in my memory, by visits to our family by the...
Zechariah and Elizabeth
As Christmas approaches, we sidestep from tracing Jesus’s ancestry through Matthew’s genealogy to spend some time with those relatives of Jesus with whom Luke opens his gospel. How does Luke place Zechariah and Elizabeth in the wide lineage of salvation history, and how does their son, John the Baptist, carry this forward? John Moffatt SJ helps us to further investigate Jesus’s familial line – Jesus: Who Do You Think You Are?The gospels are texts with long roots,...