August 29, 2014 1 Corinthians 1:17-25 Mark 6:17-29
If we focus on the figures of John the Baptist and Herod in today’s Gospel story … it is notable that some parallels diverge to very different outcomes.
Herod is a great … but tragic figure. Herod had the title of King … John … on the other hand … had no earthly title … and he meets a tragic end
Despite his title … Herod did not have rule over his own thoughts and feelings. Herod recognized the good in John the Baptist … but was ruled and swayed by the pettiness of Herodias. He lacked the fortitude to stick with what he knew was right.
John had no title … yet he ruled over his own heart and conscience … and remained faithful to what was right. John did not try to save face or back off … even when in grave danger. John openly pointed out the adulterous relationship of Herod and Herodias.
Today’s Gospel is a very dramatic witness to the truth and power of God’s word. John speaks the word of God fearlessly to Herod. Herod holds back what is in his heart and caves in to pressure.
John the Baptist remained faithful … Herod compromised.
We all experience the tug between good and evil.
Just like Herod and John … we have a choice in how we respond.
May we be courageous to embrace truth.