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Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
John's martyrdom to the present times the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence and harassment at the hands of violent people. The blood of Christian martyrs throughout the ages bear witness to this fact. Their testimony to the truth of the gospel and their readiness to suffer and die for their faith show victory rather than defeat for the kingdom of God. Through Christ's victory on the cross they achieve the glorious crown of victory and everlasting life with Jesus Christ. What gives us the power, courage, and boldness to witness to Jesus Christ and to the truth of the gospel? The Holy Spirit fills us with courage, love, and boldness to make Jesus Christ known and loved. We do not need to fear those who against the gospel, because the love of Jesus is stronger than fear and death itself. His love conquers all, even our fears and diffidence in the face of opposition and persecution. We can trust in his grace and help at all times.
Word of the Day...
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Prayer ...
Forgive me, O God, when we have let prejudice and suspicion keep us from fully enjoying fellowship with those whom you have claimed as your children. We pray that our life will be an example of redemption and unity as we seek to love your children as you do. In the name of Infant Jesus, whose dying prayer was for unity we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 29, 2013)
Day: Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 428
Colour: Red
First Reading: 1 Thes 3:7-13
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90:3-5a, 12-13, 14 and 17
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Mark 6:17-29
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Mark 6:17-29
17For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her. 18 For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19 And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it." 23 And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." 24 And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer." 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.


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