Friday of 4th Week of OT A

How to Listen and to Live the Word of God?

Jesus’s fame had become widespread that some said that he was John the Baptist, others said that he was Elijah, and still others said that he was one of the prophets. Herod said that he was John whom he beheaded has been raised up. Who is Jesus for you and me?

Herod, reported in today’s Gospel, who is a weak person. On one hand, he respected and feared John who was a righteous and holy man. On the other hand, he hated John because John stopped him from married to the wife of his brother Philip and put him in prison. When John spoke, he liked to listen; but when he was tempted by Herodias, Herod put John into prison. When he was seduced by the beauty of Salome, Herodias’ daughter who asked for John’s head, he kept his promise and gave it to her. Have you and I ever seen ourselves as Herod, a weak person who is afraid to stand for the Truth?

Herodias, an enormous desirous woman, who was willing to do anything to get what she wanted. She wanted to be the wife of the king that she divorced her husband Philip even though he was a brother of the king. She hated John who stopped Herod married her that she asked her daughter to have John beheaded. Her evil acts were her harboring grudges against others. Have you and I ever harbored any grudge against others?

Salome whom God gifted her with the gift of beauty to glorify God, but she used her beauty to take away a person’s life whose life she was not the author. Unlike Salome, John used his gifts to glorify the Lord in his life. He stood for the Truth, and he testified for the Truth. His witness to the Truth costed his life. Between Salome and John, whom have you and I identified ourselves with? How have we used our gifts? To bring peace or to destroy?

Among John the Baptist, Herod, Herodias and Salome, whom have you and I identified ourselves with? Has there a moment that we are like John, Herod, Herodias or Salome? How have we reacted to others when we identified ourselves as one of these four people? How would we become like John the Baptist? Learn the words of Saint James, “Know this, my dear brothers [and sisters]: Everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God” (James 1:19). Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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