Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Sirach 47:2-11, Psalm 18:31, 47, 50, 51, & Mark 6:14-29
Today's Gospel passage focuses on John the Baptist, King Herod, and Herod's new wife, Herodias. John had publicly criticized them for having an illicit union. As expected, Herod and Herodias were angry with John—Who did John think he was? Herodias, especially angry with John, wanted to have him killed. However, Herod believed that John was a holy man and he enjoyed John's preaching, so he initially refused to have him arrested.
Herodias presented a banquet in Herod's honor on the occasion of his birthday, and her daughter danced for Herod and his guests. The king was so pleased with her dancing that he granted her anything within his power. Seizing the moment, she asked for John the Baptist's head on a platter. To save face, Herod kept her request, and John was beheaded.
John is a wonderful role model for us. He spoke out in the face of injustice and made many friends and enemies in that truth. John put his life on the line for his beliefs. Everything he spoke was the truth, and he died for the truth.
We must ask ourselves if we, too, speak what we believe, especially if the truth is avoided and unwanted, or are we silent. Our voices need to be heard, particularly when we can speak for the sanctity of the unborn.
Question of the Day: Do you ask God for the courage, honesty, and directness of John, who spoke to those who opposed him?
Prayer: Lord, be always with me. Direct and guide my whole life according to Your holy will. Amen.