He has shown his mercy to our ancestors and remembered his holy promise,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham.
He promised to rescue us from our enemies' power so that we could serve him without fear
by being holy and honorable as long as we live.
"You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his way.
You will make his people know that they can be saved through the forgiveness of their sins.
A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.
He will give light to those who live in the dark and in death's shadow. He will guide us into the way of peace."
The child John grew and became spiritually strong. He lived in the desert until the day he appeared to the people of Israel.