Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist. John's extraordinary example is that of being prophetic, being humble and being faithful. He was first and foremost the servant of the Christ - the friend of the Bridegroom. Working among the people, John sought to prepare hearts and souls for Jesus's coming, he wanted nothing for himself. He was prophetic not just in what he said, but in the way he lived his life and in the way he died. He could not assent to what was wrong in the eyes of God and so laid down his life.
As followers of Jesus, as disciples, St John the Baptist offers us an example for our lives and work on earth. He are to prepare the way for the Lord in the hearts of the men and women of our time, we too are to be voices in the wilderness. Our lives must reflect the message we proclaim, indeed our first attempt at preaching that message must be our living of it. And we too must stay faithful to what the Lord teaches us, and a lot of that is very unpopular among many, including many professed followers of Christ.
May St John the Baptist pray for all of us and help us to be faithful followers of Jesus. Happy feast day.