Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/29

Impulse: Herodias harbored a grudge

Monday, August 29, 2011

Memorial of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist

                                     Gospel: Mark 6:17-29


Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to have him killed. (Verse 19)

The warning voice to be silenced – by force!  To silence the voice of conscience!  Let us not be too hasty in saying that we don’t do that!  Are we really ready to hear the truth?  Or do we suppress the voice of our conscience?  God sends in John a man to Herod and Herodias who calls for their repentance.  Who does God send to me to call for my repentance?

Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to have him killed.

The Gospel tells us of the burdens, of the sins in which we as people are more or less trapped:  Unsanctioned sexuality, too much liberty in clothing choices, and the way we carry ourselves (the dance of the Princess), Alcohol, to let oneself go, to enable each other to sin, peer pressure, jealousy, hate, assessory to murder, withholding evidence, fear.  To bring the warning voice to silence seems to be the easiest way out, but the entrapment in sin becomes all the more deeper.

Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to have him killed.

 There is another way out, God’s mercy, confession, penance, reconciliation.  Christianity is not a super-morality.  God knows our weaknesses.  He loves us all the more when we can accept the truth from His lips.  We must not hide we must not fear to stand by our weaknesses.  The knowledge that we can not change from today to tomorrow should not keep us from living in His mercy.  Many burdens, many causes for consternation are with us for years, even decades.  Why is that?  God knows this.  He has unimaginable patience with us.  Let us not lose our faith in God’s good will, even at times that we are very aware of our weaknesses, when we are ready to resign to ourselves.  Only truth can set us free.  The truth is: We are sinners.  God is merciful.   He wants to heal us.  That is why we do not need to push anything aside.  Let us allow for the voice of warning that God has gifted to us in our conscience and through other good people!  Let’s always flee into the arms of our merciful God.




  1. Once again – I really like that all forgiveness of God’s. He sees everything we do, and still loves us – which is an amazing example. The warning voice …yeah, call it your conscience, call it God, heck, call it Jiminy Cricket – it usually pays to give that quiet little voice a listen. No matter how cringe or blush inducing it is.


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