Monday, April 22, 2024

The courage and bravery of the Baptist in denouncing sin

The courage and bravery of the Baptist in denouncing sin
Pili Piñero
August 29th: Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist
Gospel text
Mk 6:17-29
Herod was the one who had John the Baptist 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.”
Gospel's Commentary
Today we attend to the appalling and glorious end of St. John the Baptist. Appalling because of Herod and his clique; glorious because of the courageous demonstration of John. It is surprising how far morbidity can reach when you live in deceit. A party, a dance ... "what shall I ask for?" asked Herodias’ daughter. And the dejected mother answered, "The head of John the Baptist" Really, in very bad taste! "If you want someone's head, it is because you have lost your own" Would it not have been better to listen to the Baptist?

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