Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. MelFebruary 7th, 2014
Herod’s ruthless ambition was public knowledge, as was his illegal marriage to his brother’s wife, Herodias. One man, John the Baptist, had made Herod’s sin a public issue. John had been preaching in the desert and thousands flocked to hear him. Apparently, it was no secret that John had rebuked Herod for his adulterous marriage. Herodias was particularly anxious to have John silenced. As a solution, Herod had imprisoned John. Herod liked John: he was probably one of the few people who spoke only the truth to him. He was afraid to have John killed. Eventually, Herodias forced his hand and he had John executed.
To miss, or resist God’s message, as Herod did, is tragedy. Herod had John beheaded even though he recognised John to be “a righteous and holy man.”