The Death Of John The Baptist

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

King Herod liked John the Baptist. He described his preaching as, “Entertaining,” but apparently didn’t understand the message. Yet, he still had John arrested, imprisoned and then beheaded. Why did he have him executed?

John the Baptists severed head on a plate.

It was to fulfil a promise that he made when his young daughter’s dancing greatly pleased him at a banquet. He promised to give her whatever she wanted, up to half his wealth! His daughter asked her mother, “What should I ask him for”. Her mother immediately replied, “The [severed] head of John the Baptist.”

Why did the girl’s mother make such a murderous request? Perhaps it was because John had angered her; John had told Herod he should not marry her, as she was previously married to his brother Philip. (Mt 14:3-12, Mk 6:17-29, Lk 3:19-20)

Thought

A sad way to die and in most unnecessary circumstances. We must never allow our anger to take hold nor, promise to give that which we do not own.

Reflection

Lord Jesus, help me to control my anger,
guide me in new ways to understand, share and quickly overcome daily troubles.
May I never allow thoughts of revenge to fester.

Prayer: Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.