Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Mel

February 7th, 2014
"“Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him.”" http://www.holyfamilybordeaux.org/wp-content/media/2010/08/2009630_John_the_Baptist.jpg

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.”

Prayer Lord, give us the courage to stand by what we believe is right. Amen