The Martyrdom of John the Baptist
- Reading I: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96
- Gospel Reading: Mark 6:17-29
Martyrdom of the Baptist
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- Catholic Tradition: John the Baptist
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On the New Evangelization
From the Gospel reading appointed for the Memorial in Mark 6:17-29, we read "Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him."
The King, although living a life of debauchery, felt something kindle in his heart when John preached. The truth was making an impact. As with any move of grace, the devil is quick to distract by re-ignited the fires of passion that the soul might be once again consumed with lust.
How like today, where the people who are hearing the Gospel and also being bombarded by messages laced with sensuality and images that inflame. It’s no wonder they condemn the messenger as self-righteous as everything in them is being drawn away from the righteousness of God.
However we find the world, giving up on sharing the gospel is not an option. I’m an example of one who was touched by God’s grace as my life was moving in the opposite direction.
Bill Bright was a Protestant minister who gave rise to the largest college movement for Christ in America as well as other parts of the world – Campus Crusade for Christ. He used to say, "success in witnessing [Ed – evangelization] is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God."
While we may not be able to control the recipient, we can prepare ourselves for the work of evangelization. The keys are found in Herod’s assessment of St. John the Baptist. He was holy and righteous.
By living our faith on a daily basis, through such disciplines as prayer, reading Scripture, attending daily Mass, praying the Offices of the Church and the Rosary, we can become equipped with His love and grace for this work. Our sharing of His Gospel can come through the power of His Spirit.
Many have described the results of evangelization as being a new birth – as men and women of all ages are "born again" by water and the Spirit. How does this new birth begin? By those in the womb of life encountering the One in Mary’s womb and leaping for joy. [Source]
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