Wednesday, August 29, 2012
THE MARTYRDOM OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
WEDNESDAY 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
THE MARTYRDOM OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
2 Thes 3;6- 10, 16-18 / Mk 6:17-29
2 THESSALONIANS 3;6- 10, 16-18
We command you, beloved, to stay away from believers who are living in idleness contrary to the traditions we passed on to you. You know how you ought to follow our example: we worked while we were with you. Day and night we labored and toiled so as not to be a burden to any of you. We had the right to act otherwise, but we wanted to give you an example. Besides, while we were with you, we said clearly: If anyone is not willing to work, neither should that one eat. May the Lord of peace give you his peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with you all. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is my signature in all my letters. This is how I write. May the grace of Christ Jesus our Lord be with you.
For this is what had happened: Herod had ordered John to be arrested, and had had him bound and put in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Herod had married her, and John had told him, "It is not right for you to live with your brother's wife." So Herodias held a grudge against John; and wanted to kill him, but she could not, because Herod respected John. He knew John to be an upright and holy man, and kept him safe. And he liked listening to him, although he became very disturbed, whenever he heard him. Herodias had her chance on Herod's birthday, when he gave a dinner for all the senior government officials, military chiefs, and the leaders of Galilee. On that occasion the daughter of Herodias came in and danced; and she delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want and I will give it to you." And he went so far as to say with many oaths, "I will give you anything you ask, even half my kingdom." She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" The mother replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The girl hurried to the king and made her request, "I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist, here and now, on a dish." The king was very displeased, but he would not refuse in front of his guests because of his oaths. So he sent one of the bodyguards with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded John in prison; then he brought the head on a dish and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother. When John's disciples heard of this, they came and took his body and buried it
Herod was absolute lord of everything. He answered to no one and did as he pleased. The lives of the people in the villages of Galilee were very controlled, both by the government and by religion, the Scribes and Pharisees. Much courage was necessary to begin something new and different, as John and Jesus did. This angered the privileged, the state as well as the religious powers. Before his arrest, John's last testimony was that Jesus was the bridegroom, John himself only the bridegroom's friend. So, we might say that in God's plan of redemption, Christianity began with John. John was the predecessor of Christ; his purpose was to prepare the way.
John the Baptist was outspoken, confronting evil with boldness, no matter who was involved. He was killed without due process, a victim of a corrupt system. John's elimination was due to a personal vendetta and the drunken Herod's superstition and cowardice.
How many people in our society have died without vindication, victims of corruption and the dominion of the powerful who live godless lives?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of Romeo, Nilo and Marian
.. Birthday: Cris Hildebrandt
… In Memoriam: Shirley Weber
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jesse Manalastas Robredo
- Rolando Custodio
- Eriberta Calvario
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
- Birthday: Criste R. Dadua
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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