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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 2, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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See how even evil men can philosophize the power of the resurrection though they cannot fully know or understand the absolute truth.  History also shows that the unrepentant can spread their evil across generations for in this instance an unchaste woman brings forth and unchaste daughter that she might entertain men in a dance. And still evil knows no bounds, for it builds on top the other often calling for delusional promises to be made on prompting whispers and kept for it makes no sense to break a promise on the premise of an evil act? What appears to be distress shows indication of a sly willing participation. The ultimate evil act is then concluded. Or has it?

Jesus has come to free us from the bondage of such evil and sin. Let us always turn to Him in our moments of weakness so that He may keep us on the right path to our heavenly inheritance in Holiness.  Through the intercession of St John the Baptist may we decrease of ourselves, so that He may increase in us; so that we may always remain steadfast and rooted in His love. To be a beacon for others….Amen.

GOSPEL
Matthew 14:1–12

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet. But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.