In Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, Mary and Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother) are described as relatives.
Here is this Gospel, John the Baptist says, “I did not know him.” It could be that the tradition about their kinship is uncertain. Or, it could be that, since John the Baptist’s family lived in the southern part of Israel, and Jesus’ family lived up north in Nazareth, they rarely or never saw one another.Regardless, we can at least say that John did not know fully who Jesus was – the Son of God. This was a surprise and was revealed to John when he baptized Jesus.
Our union with the Lord always has an element of surprise, freshness, the unexpected.
Living the Christian life was never supposed to be a stale routine. It is brimming with life. The gift of the Spirit is not static. The truths of the faith are wondrously rich.
It was the same for Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist . . .
In prayer, were not talking to ourselves. We’re spending time with the Lord. Enjoy the freshness of it.
- Little Blue Book, January 3