May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Alphonso Liguroui

Learn more about St. Alphonsus Liguori: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1284

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080115.cfm

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. 

This sounds so typical. When someone speaks up and tells us truths we do not want to hear we try to get them out of our lives. Herod had the “authority” to kill John but he was afraid of the people. Worldly desire overshadowed his better judgement and he had John killed. How often do we give in to worldly pressure and do what we know is wrong, try to suppress the truth?  

Prayer: Lord, may I never allow the world to override your truth, may I never be deaf to hearing your voice. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

O God, let all the nations praise you!

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