Normally, we celebrate a saint's feast day on the day when they died. This is true for almost all saints' feast days. But there are three exceptions: The birth of Jesus Christ, the birth of Mary, and the birth of St. John the Baptist. John's birth shows us once again that God's will is being carried out in time. We must thank God and praise Him for His loving plan of redemption for humanity. At the same time, we should strive to emulate St. John the Baptist, who pointed the way to Christ and announced his presence when at last he came. The question of John's contemporaries -- "What will this child be?" is a question for all of us today: "What will I be [for Christ]?"