What a bloody morning today, O God, as we celebrate the Passion of Jesus Christ’s forerunner, John the Baptist. Yesterday you gave us the feast of St. Augustine who taught us that our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord. Today in the beheading of John the Baptist, you remind us how Herod was intrigued and confused with John’s teachings; but, due to an oath he had given upon enjoying Salome’s dance, Herod finally decided to have John killed in prison by beheading.
What is intriguing, Lord, is not what was going on inside Herod’s head at that time but more importantly for us today is the same question, what is in our heads? We are supposed to be living in an age of sophistication when knowledge is readily available with a superabundance of information on everything. We have smart phones, smart bombs and guided missiles but sad to say, we are still dumb and misguided in our relationships with one another.
So many times, we even behead our very selves when we think and decide separately from our whole body and from others. We have become very cerebral that have bloated our egos in the process and made us heartless. Teach us, O God, through John the Baptist, to always search and follow and stand by the Truth of your Son Jesus Christ by always bridging the distance between our minds and hearts. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022. (Photo from Google: “The Beheading of St. John the Baptist” by Italian artist Caravaggio considered as one of the ten “greatest paintings of all time.”)