The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Finger Pointing
This year we celebrate the Nativity, the birth, of St. John the Baptist (June 24) on a Sunday. John the Baptist was a unique man. He is remembered by people for many reasons. Some remember John simply because of the strange circumstances surrounding his birth: Elizabeth, who was well beyond her childbearing years. Some think John should be remembered for the kind of life he lived: a harsh and strange life dressed in camel's hair, eating locusts and wild honey. Some remember John for his harsh preaching against the self-righteous Pharisees.
Let us cast all of these aside and focus on St. John the Baptist for his finger. That's right, his finger. Because of all the things that John the Baptist did, the most important was what he did with his finger: he pointed to Christ. He pointed to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. And that is salvation for you and I, who are also finger-pointers. But when you and I "point the finger" we don't point to Jesus. When you and I point fingers we are pointing them at each other.
Dear friends, let's use your fingers for good and not for evil! Use them for pointing others to Christ, not for pointing out their sins. Husbands and wives, instead of pointing out what's wrong with each other, point one another to your rings and vows and the grace of God which has bound you together. Parents, as your kids grow, point them to the Font and Altar as the sure and certain means of knowing that God loves them in Christ. All of you: whether you're on the playground, or at work, or with friends or family - learn to stop pointing out the sins of others, whether to blame them, or excuse yourself, or to make others laugh at them! Rather, point one another to Christ and to His means of grace and to His forgiveness.
Praise the Lord for the birth of St. John the Baptist! Praise God for St. John's finger, for it points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God who has taken away our sins. Happy Nativity of St. John the Baptist Day! Amen.
Fr. George Alengadan