John is the cousin of Jesus Christ. Son of Zachary, a priest of the order of Abia whose job in the temple was to burn incense, and of Elizabeth, a descendent of Aaron.
As Zachary was ministering in the Temple, an angel brought him news that Elizabeth would bear a child filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. Zachary doubted and was struck dumb until John’s birth.
As a prophet, John began his ministry around age 27, wearing a leather belt and a tunic of camel hair, living off locusts and wild honey, and preaching a message of repentance to the people of Jerusalem. He converted many and prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. He Baptized Christ, after which he stepped away and told his disciples to follow Jesus.
John was imprisoned by King Herod. He died a victim of the vengeance of a jealous woman; he was beheaded, and his head brought to her on a platter. Saint Jerome says Herodias kept the head for a long time after, occasionally stabbing the tongue with her dagger because of what John had said in life.
With the end of August quickly approaching, our thoughts will soon turn to winter. We settle into the fall routine, but it can be made special. This fall notice God in His creation. And not just outdoors, but in the people around you. Be a blessing to those you meet today.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen