The Meaning of Total Self Abandonment

FirstReading: Jer. 26:11-16, 24

Psalm: Ps. 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34

Gospel: Mt. 14:1-12

Jeremiah and John the Baptist both proclaimed what they believed was true no matter the risk to their lives. One was spared, the other beheaded, both in the course of doing God’s work.

Why does our Lord allow this to happen? Why does one live and the other die? Is it because in His omnipotence, God grants the greatest respect to man’s worth by giving “free will” the widest room to operate despite the consequences?

The officials, people, and yes, Herod, all were free to choose life or death for the prophets.

In our worship life, how many times and to what degree were we challenged to stand by our God? How did we do?

In this complicated world, we are frequently confronted with difficult choices that bring us closer to or farther away from God. Let us pray fervently for the gifts of wisdom and fortitude so that we can make and execute the right choices.