29 Thu Aug 2019
John the Baptist and Paul
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For 29 August 2019, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, based on Mark 6:17-29
Herod had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philipâ€™s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, â€œIt is not lawful for you to have your brotherâ€™s wife.â€ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, â€œAsk me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.â€ And he solemnly swore to her, â€œWhatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.â€ She went out and said to her mother, â€œWhat should I ask for?â€ She replied, â€œThe head of John the baptizer.â€ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, â€œI want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.â€ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring Johnâ€™s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
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.
29 August 2019 @ 6:54 pm
Thanks Joan. Good to be reminded of how we need to be aware of others and how we treat them.
Sr. Brigid Cannon, OP
30 August 2019 @ 1:43 am
Thank you, S. Joan for your prayer and reminder to be truthful,
kind and loving in our speech today. It is a good practice for
everyday and I would add unconditional love.
Blessings on your life and continued gospel preaching,
Sr. Brigid, OP