Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Did you know? Did you know?

A little Catholic Trivia...
Which 3 people were born without Original Sin?

Oh, I know you are thinking Jesus and Mary. Yes, Jesus is the Lord, got that. Mary, we believe, was conceived without Original Sin to preserve the 1st Tabernacle of the God of the Universe. (Of course she then cooperated with this grace and remained free from sin thereafter.) But St. John the Baptist was the 3rd one born without Original Sin. He was conceived with it, just like us, but he was born without it. He received a sort of Baptism before birth. This teaching comes from the following passage,
"When Elizabeth [John's mom] heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the holy Spirit. 'Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.'" Luke 1:41-45

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us on your Feast Day. Pray that we too may leap for joy in the presence of the Lord here and especially in eternal life.

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