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On the Memorial of the Praise of St. John the Baptist in the Eastern Catholic Churches. May his prayer be with us. For other texts and ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title), the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject), the List of Worth-It Catholic Books & eBooks, and the main page of the Catholic eBooks Project.
“[W]hen the men were come to him, they said: John, the Baptist, hath sent us to thee, saying: Art thou he who is to come: or expect we another? (And in that same hour, he cured many of their diseases, and sores, and evil spirits, and to many that were blind, he gave sight.) And, answering, he said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen: That the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, to the poor the gospel is preached:
“And… he began to speak to the multitudes concerning John:… But what went you out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee. For I say to you: Amongst those that are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John, the Baptist: but he who is lesser in the kingdom of God, is greater than he…
“And the Lord said: Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation?… They are like to children sitting in the market-place… saying: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have mourned, and you have not wept. For John, the Baptist, came, neither eating bread, nor drinking wine, and you say: He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking, and you say: Behold a man that is a glutton and a drinker of wine, a friend of publicans and sinners. And wisdom is justified by all her children.”
(Gospel according to St. Luke vii, 20-35. Formatting supplied.)