Today, Monday, June 24, 2013, is Johannistag, the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. The bad news is that it’s 3 days after the Summer Solstice and I can already see the days start to grow shorter. The good news is that there are still 181 shopping days left until Christmas.
TO ALL MY FELLOW: Constitutionalists, Patriots, Radicals, Terrorists in the Pursuit of Freedom, Justice, and the Preservation of the Common Law, like other Traditional Values, and other Madmen of the World: THIS IS OUR DAY!!!! SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS SURELY ONE OF US, I TELL YOU, AND HE WOULD STAND WITH US IF HE WERE HERE TODAY.
The Gospel of Mark (echoing Isaiah 40), introduces the story of Saint John: in Mark 1: 1-14
King James Version (KJV)
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
12 And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
I know that I and all other radical believers in the Constitution and Free Enterprise must seem like wild men (and women) live in the desert wearing camel’s hair and skins and eating locusts (I love wild honey, that’s not a problem at all. And you know, as far as Camel’s hair goes—that’s some of the most expensive stuff you can buy—but anyhow….).
Who but madmen, madwomen, and deranged children could hate the Untouchable, Sacrosanct, Freedom Suppression, Constitution-obliterating Obama administration with a purple passion exceeded only by our scorn for a Senate and House of Representatives that seems to ratify ALMOST everything that this monstrous fraud of a President perpetrates on us? On the positive side, eating Locusts may soon become Chic–the U.N. FAO Organization recently pointed out that people should start eating insects for protein (May 30 (Bloomberg) — Afton Halloran, consultant at Food and Agriculture Organization, describes the use of insects as food in developing nations to provide nutrients missed in local food supplies and how the practice is spreading globally. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.”—-http://www.bloomberg.com/video/are-insects-the-next-frontier-in-food-061gnlbvQ~KAkeT2tPBIuA.html).
Those who have known me for any length of time will recognize why I think it is that whether it’s “chic” or not to eat insects, it’s always been a CHIIC way of living. (CHIICs being Yucatanian coatimundis, Nasua narica yucatanica–there are Xchupachiics [female coatis who live in social groups] and Kotonchiics [adult male coatis who wander in the forest alone, ahead of the group, announcing food sources but then bouncing on forward]. This is a happy time of year for the coatis of Yucatán and Central America because the corn fields have just been planted and small ears of sweet corn are the best thing in a young coati’s life…. Where St. John the Baptist stood on small coatimundis I’m not sure, but when there’s no corn, the Chiics will eat locusts or any kind of insect as happily as corn.
Today I feel I live and breathe, and I would hope all the adopted and lineal descendants of Abraham live and breathe, the words of the prophet Isaiah foretelling of John in Chapter 40 of that greatest of all books of Prophecy, the most inspiring verses 1-5 of which are indelibly etched in my memory set to the music of the overture to Part I of Handel’s Oratorio—The Messiah. The remainder of the Chapter has a certain “circle of life” feel to it.
King James Version (KJV)
40 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.