”I praise you for I am wonderfully made.” The liturgists give us Psalm 139 to sing our praises to God on this feast of St John the Baptist. You know the story well: a woman “beyond birth years” becomes pregnant, her cousin Mary also pregnant visits her and the two little guys in the wombs have an encounter, then the father is silenced until he write down” John is his name.”
And this is only the beginning! John goes out to live in the desert (Essenes community?) and appears later as the fore-runner of the Messiah. John is the last of the Old Testament prophets and his job was to proclaim that Jesus is the prophets among prophets; He is the Messiah, the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. This being “wonderfully made” is not limited to John the Baptist. You too are wonderfully made, “truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.” Can you and I say from the heart “I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made…my soul also you knew full well, nor was my frame unknown to you.”? Let’s make the words of Isaiah in the first reading our own: “I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord, and my God is now my strength.” Praise God for you, so precious in the sight of the Lord. Blessings, Fr. Dan