29 Aug Mark 6:26 (Deadly Silence)
“The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her.” ~ Mark 6:26 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Today’s feast day is the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. In today’s Gospel, King Herod is so pleased by the dancing of Herodias’s daughter at his birthday banquet that he grants her whatever she wishes. Herodias tells her daughter to ask for John the Baptist’s head on a platter. King Herod is mortified by her request, but he grants her wish, because he feels pressure from his guests to honor his promise. King Herod did not want to kill John, Herodias’s daughter did not want the head of John the Baptist, and most of Herod’s birthday party probably thought that it was wrong to behead an innocent man; but they all remained silent. A silence that caused the death of John the Baptist. The majority of society opposes murder; however, thousands of babies are murdered in the womb everyday, and people remain silent. Be silent no more. Now is the time to speak out and defend the unborn. Lord, break my silence so that I may speak in defense of the unborn. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Do you feel societal pressure to remain silent about abortion, or do you have the courage to speak out and defend the unborn?
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
Quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.