Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
God overwhelms us. It is a wonderful surprise that throws us off. There is nothing fixed and established for Him. God does not understand routines. And this is reflected in the history of San Juan: his parents did not expect him, his name was not what he was playing, his destiny came out of expectations. We have to let ourselves be surprised by God. Your plans may seem far-fetched … they don’t.
The surprise cannot be rejection but admiration. The novelty, the change, the possibility, the new directions, the different proposals, the variety, the ‘never seen’ … is part of God’s plan. If we do not leave room for these novelties, routines will become walls that close us to the proposals that God has for us, for the community. Zacharias’ response is God’s: ‘John is his name.’ It is not conditioned by the past, nor by the environment, nor by what they will say … Accepting God’s plans in life makes us new, Zacarías began to speak and ‘bless God’. Why are we so afraid of changes, of novelty, of proposing something different from the usual? The old dies, the new grows. ‘The child was growing …’