4th Week in Ordinary Time : Friday, 5th February 2021

Daily Word Of God

Mark 6:18-19, 21-23, 25b-27

John had told Herod, ‘It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife.’ As for Herodias, she was furious with him and wanted to kill him, but she was not able to do so,

An opportunity came on Herod’s birthday when he gave a banquet for the nobles of his court, for his army officers and for the leading figures in Galilee. 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.’

          The girl 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 bodyguard with orders to bring John’s head.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • We may be challenged at one time or another to make a decision, to choose between being faithful or to deny our Christian values.


  • If we read, reflect and pray the Word of God daily, we will develop a good sense of how we should choose God’s Sill and live our Christian life faithfully.


  • Through regular prayer we will develop and deepen our commitment to live in God’s ways more fully. How is the quality of your daily prayer life? What is the Lord saying to you today?