On 24th JUNE we celebrate THE BIRTH OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST . In the Gospel we hear how John’s father, Zechariah, was struck dumb because he wasn’t willing to name the baby ‘John’ as God had asked. The day he submitted to the will of God, his speech was returned and Zechariah praised God. . Often we don’t recognise the debilitating effects of disobeying God and rejecting the blessings that accompany doing his will. When we choose to do things our own way and remove ourselves from God’s grace we can find that life gets more difficult and things don’t go very well. Ironically it’s then that we then often blame God from the outcome. Zechariah’s family thought John was a silly name for the child – perhaps we fail to follow God because we’re afraid of looking foolish? I’m praying I would be more open to trusting God.