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Daily Prayer 2015-08-29
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Witness to the Truth - John the Baptist.
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
August 29, 2015. Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
Herod was the one who had John arrested and
bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of
his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said
to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have
your brother´s wife." Herodias harbored a grudge against him and
wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and
holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard
him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked
to listen to him. She had an opportunity one day
when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his
courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
Herodias´s own daughter came in and performed a dance that
delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the
girl, "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will
grant it to you." He even swore many things to
her, "I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom." She went out and
said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" She
replied, "The head of John the Baptist." The girl hurried
back to the king´s presence and made her request, "I
want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist." The king was deeply
distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he
did not wish to break his word to her. So
he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back
his head. He went off and beheaded him in the
prison. He brought in the head on a platter and
gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave
it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your wondrous shining
glory, although this is hidden from my eyes. I hope
in the peace and everlasting joy of the world to
come, for this world is a valley of tears. I
love you, even though I am not always able to
discern the love in your intentions when you permit me
to suffer. You are my God and my all.
let me never fear the consequences of speaking the truth.
Speaking Truth to Power: Although Herod was a cruel tyrant,
John the Baptist did not hesitate to condemn his adulterous
conduct and to denounce his sin publicly. John was moved
by the Holy Spirit to give witness and teach the
people that no one can legitimately violate God’s commandments, not
even a king. John did not fear the consequences of
his actions, because he knew that if he were faithful,
God would be at his side and never let him
down, even if he had to suffer on account of
the truth. We, too, need to give courageous witness to
our family, friends and to the society at large. When
we do, God will be with us and we will
have nothing to fear.
- It Was Something That You
Said: Mark tells us that Herod, although he resented what
John said in accusing him of adultery, nonetheless “like[d] to
listen to him,” and he was “much perplexed.” In his
moral weakness, he persisted in his sin, yet the cries
of the prophet to repent did reach his conscience. Herod
was in confusion. Something was stirring in his conscience; the
Holy Spirit was moving inside him to bring him to
true repentance for his sin. God never abandons the sinner,
but gives him grace to turn back to him. We
should never lose hope for one who seems to be
lost and wandering in sin. We should always continue to
speak the truth with love and pray for a full
conversion. God can change the heart of even the worst
of sinners. He has forgiven us so much, and he
can forgive others as well.
- A Conversion Cut Short:
The Gospel tells how Herod, in an imprudent promise to
Herodias’ daughter, found himself compromised and, for fear of losing
face, had to order the beheading of John the Baptist.
Here his moral weakness overcame the first stirrings of the
grace of conversion. He closed his heart to God’s action
due to his lust and vanity, and he committed the
terrible crime of murder of an innocent man. How sin
can darken the conscience and extinguish God’s grace in the
heart of a person given over only to satisfying their
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I want to be faithful to
your teachings and to be frank with those I love
who need to hear your word. I know that takes
prudence, courage and steadfastness. Help me to be true to
you. Give me the grace of a good conscience always
to speak the truth with rectitude and love for your
Resolution: I will pray for the grace to witness to
the truth, “in season and out of season,” no matter
what the consequences.
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