Friday 8 February 2019

About Today Readings

Hebrews 13:1-8. Psalm 26(27):1-3, 5, 8-9. Mark 6:14-29.

The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalm 26(27):1-3, 5, 8-9.

‘Give me John’s head on a dish.’

The delight of Herod’s guests with his daughter’s dancing would have been overturned by what followed. It must have destroyed any party atmosphere. Who would have had the stomach for dessert after her request that John the Baptist’s head be severed?

We experience repugnance at such acts of brutality. But in our day-to-day lives we are anaesthetised to acts of cruelty which occur at regular intervals in modern society. What will we do with the feelings of repugnance we feel when we are forced to face such barbarity up close? Will we commit ourselves to the amelioration of injustices and to the transformation of social relationships?

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