The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

What are you willing to sacrifice for truth?

That is an interesting question that I have been pondering today. More importantly, what would I give up and sacrifice for the truth, for Christ? Today the church celebrates the feast of the beheading of St. John the Baptist, now commonly known as the Passion of St. John the Baptist. You can read the beautiful Gospel account from Mark here. During Mass this morning, I seemed to have the same thought coming up in my mind, that is “of what would I do for him?” We look down the lineage of the Church and so many have given their lives, their families, their possessions. They have given all to God. And now in my life the past week, I have started to ask myself that more and more. Am I ready to give my life at any moment for him who gave his life for me? Am I truly willing to defend him, his church, and her teachings? Am I ready to surrender family, friends, possessions, and earthly happiness for him? What am I ready to do?

This is something that I am going to have to try and answer for myself in these upcoming days. What am I willing to do for Christ? What will I forsake for the kingdom? In discerning a life completely centered around and lived for him; what will I do? What can I do? What does he want me to do? Definitely a question to answer especially on the Feast of a man who gave witness to the truth, prepared the way for him, and ultimately gave his life for him. May we all have that same strength.

St. John the Baptist ~ Ora Pro Nobis


Published by Father Corey D. Bruns

I'm a Priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, KY and Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bowling Green, KY.

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