The Passion of St John the Baptist: Monday 29th August, 2022

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Dear Friend in the Lord,

Anger – Faith: In today’s Gospel episode, John the Baptist was beheaded out of the anger of Herodias, who took revenge on John who pointed out her adulterous life of sin with King Herod.  Ponder on, “Anger can lead to more serious sins.  Pray to have the wisdom to forgive and live in God’s Truth that brings Peace, Joy and Love.”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Mark 6:22-28a


When the daughter of this same Herodias came in and danced, she delighted Herod and his guests; so the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me anything you like and I will give it you.’ And he swore her an oath, ‘I will give you anything you ask, even half my kingdom.’

She went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the Baptist.’ The girl hurried straight back to the king and made her request, ‘I want you to give me John the Baptist’s head, here and now, on a dish.’

The king was deeply distressed, but thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he was reluctant to break his word to her. So the king at once sent one of the bodyguards with orders to bring John’s head. The man went off and beheaded him in the prison.