Tuesday, August 28, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 21ST Week in Ordinary Time
August 29, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 21ST Week in Ordinary Time
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
2 Thes 3: 6 - 10, 16 - 18 / Mk 6: 17- 29
FROM THE 1ST READING: 2 Thes 3: 16- 18
May Christ Jesus our Lord who has loved us, may God our Father, who in his mercy gives us everlasting comfort and true hope, strengthen you. May he encourage your hearts and make you steadfast in every good work and word.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mk 6: 17- 28
Herod had ordered John to be arrested and 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 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 to consult 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 amd gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother.
In the first reading, Paul encourages us in our following of Christ, with the continuing blessings of God.
The Gospel reading speaks of the martyrdom of John the Baptist for standing up for truth and decency against King Herod. In his martyrdom John the Baptist gave witness to the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus had strongly praised John the Baptist: "No one may be found greater than John among those born of women but, I tell you, the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (Lk 7: 28) John announced the coming of God's kingdom while followers of Christ have been blessed to enter God's kingdom. As lovers and followers of Christ, we should be ready to suffer and even to give our lives as his witnesses for truth and justice.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Criste R. Dadua
Fr. Candido O. Lim S.J
Edwin & Emily Cuaso
Have a good day!
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