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August 29, 2022

Daily Reflection for Monday, August 29, 2022

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Responsorial:  Psalm 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
Gospel:  Mark 6: 17-29

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
So that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.  1 Corinthians 2:5

In the first reading from Corinthians, Paul writes to the early Christian community about listening for the voice of God rather than trying to find God in the words of some dynamic speaker.

Today’s Psalm focuses on meditating on God’s commands, so that we can discern God’s will in our lives, and gain true wisdom.

I find both the first reading and the Psalm encouraging and comforting as a Christian follower of Christ.

Then we are hit in the Gospel with the horrific story of Herod, who ordered the execution of John the Baptist as a gift for his step-daughter.  The same Herod who questioned and mocked Jesus, hoping Jesus would perform a miracle for his amusement. The Gospel reading for today tell us, “Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man . . .  he liked to listen to him.”   

Sometimes life gets out of control. We start thinking too highly of ourselves. Pride and power overtake humility. When this happens, how do we get back to God’s wisdom and will? Herod certainly shows us how to fail.

He threw a big birthday party for himself, full of military officials and leading men of Galilee. His stepdaughter performed a dance for the party guests and Herod couldn’t resist showing off his power by promising her anything she wants. Was he drunk? As the words were leaving his mouth, was he sober enough to think, “I wish I hadn’t said that.”?

During his lifetime, Herod could demand the execution of people, order the construction of a city, command a battle. Immense earthly power. But he was afraid of a prophet of God. He’s not remembered for his successes but for his mistakes.

St. John the Baptist, as eccentric as he was, is remembered as a hero for the Lord.

Peace and blessings,
Al Mytty


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