Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Paul Miki and Companions

February 6th, 2015
"“John’s disciples heard this (viz. that John the Baptist had been beheaded). They came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.”" Mark 6 : 29

When John the Baptist confronted Herod and Herodias for committing adultery, Herodias formed a plan to kill John. Instead of trying to get rid of her sin, Herodias tried to get rid of the one, viz. John the Baptist, who had brought it to public attention. This is exactly what the Religious leaders were trying to do to Jesus.

Herod had arrested John the Baptist under pressure from his wife and advisers. Though Herod respected John’s integrity, in the end Herod had John the Baptist killed because of pressure from his peers and family. What you do under pressure often shows what you are really like. When Herodias asked for John’s head, Herod would have been greatly embarrassed in front of his guests if he had denied her request.

“When his disciples heard this” – This stands in striking contrast to what happens at Jesus’ death. Jesus’ disciples will have fled and an outsider will bury his body.

Prayer Lord, give me the courage to follow the guidance of my conscience in all my decisions. Amen