For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, I find it interesting that the theme I received out of this morning's reading below was all about commitment. John the Baptist was so committed to his belief in Jesus, that he was willing to go to prison for Him and ultimately die a martyr. It made me wonder how committed I am and if I would do the same. I believe and hope that I would die for You. Then there is King Herod who was so committed to his own ego, that he would not say, "No" even when something distressed him so much. His ego overpowered him and he made a very bad decision. The way I see it, it's all about commitment. John was committed to You and Herod was committed to himself. Neither man, John or King Herod, broke their commitment and it sure showed. Father, thank You for helping me see that I either serve You or I serve myself. There is no in-between. Jesus even told us in the Gospel of Matthew 6:24 - "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and Love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other." So trying to serve myself and You is impossible. I have to choose one to be first and I choose You. John chose You, King Herod chose himself and I choose You! Thank You for this wonderful awareness of my commitment and loyalty to You. I Love You!
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
17 Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
18 John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19 Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
20 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.
21 She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
22 Herodias's own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you."
23 He even swore (many things) to her, "I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom."
24 She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John the Baptist."
25 The girl hurried back to the king's presence and made her request, "I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
26 The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her.
27 So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
28 He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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