St. John the Baptist is the ‘Precursor’ Our Lord Jesus Christ. His immediate family was close to the Holy Family. Like St. John, we must seek to detach ourselves from the spirit and the comforts of the world. The purity of the flesh and clarity of mind are interrelated. They help us grasp the truth. As a finger indicating the way to God, the Baptist perhaps frightens us a bit. He is a man of penance and austerity. He inspires us to give witness to the truth and not to compromise with the world in our priestly vocation. St John the Baptist is a another great sign sent by God.