…The head of John the Baptist…Mark 6:25
It can be easy to look at the upside of our faith and enjoy the peace and blessings that come from God’s love in our life. It’s something I do every day because it gives me balance and hope. I’m guilty however of getting washed away in the “warm and fuzzy” parts of my faith without always considering the messy, ugly and dare I say horrific things people did to make sure I could enjoy the great blessings on my relationship with Christ. As the middle lovelies prepare to reenact the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week, we watched Mel Gibson’s, Passion of the Christ. It was an intense day as we were faced with the reality of what Jesus did for us. The movie and the follow up discussion were heavy but necessary as we continue to try to grow in faith. Being a disciple isn’t for sissies. As I was praying for the middle lovelies and the lessons these next few weeks will teach them about the Father’s abounding love, I came across another one of the Gospel stories that’s just tough and ugly. I suppose a little dose of tough and ugly once in a while is good for gaining appreciation and perspective so here’s to a little of that today!
What a story! For me, the story of the beheading of John the Baptist is a tough one to read. When I sat down to pray with this Gospel I asked God to help me see beyond my anger at Herod’s cowardice and my furry with Herodias and her vengeful spirit. I knew this Gospel was meant to stir more within my heart than those negative emotions.
As I slowly read the passage again and again, my focus switched from the villains to John; the faithful and beloved prophet, martyr and friend of Jesus. I was inspired by his courage, humility and conviction. What a demonstration in speaking truth and standing on principals! John’s death was more than a foreshadowing of Jesus’ passion it was a triumphant lesson in trust! Many of us have faith because we know Jesus is God’s son who died for us and rose to set us free. John loved, trusted and believed even without the proof of the resurrection. As I think about what John did I have to ask, are there situations in my life where I should speak out to uphold the truths of my faith? Am I holding any grudges that need to be replaced with forgiveness? Do I need to model John’s humility and trust in a greater fashion?
A Seed To Plant: In prayer this week pray; Dear Lord, inspire me to be truthful and forgiving to others. Bless me with a spirit of humility and courage as I spread your truth and love. And above all, Lord help me appreciate those who met tragedy so I could meet You!
Blessings on your day!
Click on the items below to expand the options available to you to explore the Joyful Words blog.