Prophets need Pampering, Too

Date: 3/2/2011
WAIT! i iz not ready 4 my closeup

Needs a little more time to get dressed...

John the Baptist was the son of Zechariah, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary. The Angel Gabriel told Zechariah that Elizabeth would bear a child even though she was an old woman.

John lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until he was about thirty, when he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism "for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand."

He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, "It is I who need baptism from You". When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley.

Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas had him arrested and imprisoned when John denounced his adulterous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother.

John inspired many of his followers to follow Christ, among them Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John's preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah.

His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.

(Adapted from Catholic Online: Saints & Angels.)