“Jesus began to talk to the people about John. ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the breeze?…To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you and much more than a prophet: he is the one of whom Scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you. I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been…’ ” (Matthew 11:7-11). Who is Saint John the Baptist? What is his role in our salvation? What is his message for our world, and how can we honour and imitate this great and holy saint as we should? In this beautiful, devotional account Barry Midgley takes us through the ancient prophecies concerning the saint, the circumstances of his birth, his ministry and his martrydom. Using Scripture and the liturgy as his central focus, the author paints a vivid and inspiring portrait of a hero of the Christian faith who is often sadly overlooked, but whose message of hope is vital for our modern world.
Saint Austin Press, 2001. Softcover, 48 pp.