Saturday, 23 June 2012
"A voice is being born"
Zachary is struck dumb and loses his voice, until John, the Lord’s forerunner, is born and releases his voice for him. What does Zachary’s silence mean, but that prophecy was obscure and, before the proclamation of Christ, somehow concealed and shut up? It is released and opened up by his arrival, it becomes clear when the one who was being prophesied is about to come. The releasing of Zachary’s voice at the birth of John has the same significance as the tearing of the veil of the Temple at the crucifixion of Christ. If John were meant to proclaim himself, he would not be opening Zachary’s mouth. The tongue is released because a voice is being born – for when John was already heralding the Lord, he was asked, 'Who are you' and he replied 'I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness' ...
John is the voice, but the Lord in the beginning was the Word. John is a voice for a time, but Christ is the eternal Word from the beginning.
From St Augustine's sermon for the Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist - in the midst of 'Ordinary Time', the cycle of salvation history continues, renewing the Church in the confession of the Incarnate Word.
Posted by BC at 15:02