August 31, 2014 -
"AN EARTHLY ANGEL AND A HEAVENLY MAN"
There is no disputing that ST. JOHN was a great teacher of nations. Far and wide he preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Because of this, a series of names are associated with him. These are not arbitrary designations, for they are taken from the Sacred Scriptures and hymnology
of the Church. Consider these:
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST – This is his best known name, for he is the one who baptized our Lord in the waters of the Jordan. St. Matthew writes:
“Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER – He came to announce and prepare the people for the Saviour. St. Matthew quotes Malachi: “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.”
ST. JOHN THE PROPHET – Again St. Matthew: “What went you out to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.”
ST. JOHN, ANGEL IN THE FLESH – Hymns use this term, proclaiming of him: “Angel, for you have led an incorporeal life . . .”
ST. JOHN THE MARTYR – Again, hymns of the ritual say of John: “Martry, for you have been beheaded for Christ.”
Let us not forget St. John’s HUMILITY when he proclaims of Christ: “Behold the Lamb of God . . . The latchet of Whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloosen.”