30 August 2013

Telling the Truth can get you beheaded....

Sub Tuum.

Today we commemorate the beheading of Saint John the Baptist. He was the forerunner of our Lord. He proclaimed the Truth. 

The Baptist had openly reproached Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully taking another one. (It was the Law of God that had been violated.) Herod used his worldly power to silence John, fearful of the influence he had over the people. John was imprisoned. 

One evening, one of Herod's daughters danced so well that he offered to give her whatever she desired. She said that she wanted the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod obliged, and the Baptist was beheaded. Thus ended the earthly life of a man who proclaimed the Truth of God.

It is not such a modern phenomenon that those who proclaim the Gospels might suffer persecution. It is nothing new at all. Are we willing to risk harm for proclaiming our faith? Are we ready for financial, legal, or physical assault that may occur simply for speaking the Holy Truth? John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed because the ruler of the land was afraid of his influence. His head was placed on a platter. Did this silence the truth? No it did not. All Herod could do was to kill the earthly body of the Baptist. He could not kill the soul. He could not stop the Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension. His entire argument was the blade of a sword, and it was wholly insufficient. 

Remember this the next time you are taunted, harmed, or persecuted for your faith. The world will hate you for proclaiming the love of Christ. Proclaim the love of Christ anyway.