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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The truth often disturbs us especially when it brings to light our indiscretions and/or our wrong doings. Although it may be painful, our acceptance of it liberates us. The peace and strength of Christ is upon us.

Are we willing to bring the truth to others? To liberate them so that they may live fully in God’s love. To share the truth even if it is hurtful to them or may hurt us? Are we willing to even lay our lives down for the truth? The peace and strength of Christ is upon us.

Do we give in easily and readily to temptations? To our base desires and wants? As a result make foolish promises which may bring about more evil? Do we instead turn away from sin knowing that God’s love fills us like none other. The peace and strength of Christ is upon us.

Let us pray..

O God of hope and Glory, You sent John the Baptist to preach the Good news of salvation to those who received it with joy and to those who rejected its demands. By his example and intercession, grant Your Church courage in proclaiming and living the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

(Memorial – Passion of St John The Baptist)

GOSPEL
Mark 6:17–29

Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brothe Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. Herodias’ own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.” He even swore many things to her, “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.” The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.