Peace in mind, thought, word and action

Saturday of 17th week in ordinary time, based on Matthew 14:1-1

At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus; and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Though Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother. His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “Peace in mind, thought, word and action

  1. Teresa,
    Good preaching, right on target with the scripture and a helpful message for me and my life. One suggestion I might make, however, is that you could have stopped after the excellent poem in the middle. After that, you mainly circled back to what you had already said. There was good build up to that point and it would have made a strong finish.

  2. Dear Teresa,
    I liked the topicality of your message, we have to learn to apply the messages to ourselves. Thank you. It was a bit long, but I also had time to listen!
    Regards, Nick punch

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