The coincidence of threats to the prophet Jeremiah’s life in the first reading for this morning with the beheading of John the Baptist in the gospel – both because of their preaching about repentance – made me wonder two things:
1. How willing am I to listen to what is hard to hear about myself or about persons or causes that are dear to me, especially if the person speaking is not someone dear to me (but who may have great powers of observation)?
2. How willing am I to stand up for what I believe, especially about my faith and image of God, when I know that others within earshot are opposed to my belief?
That’s it for today!