Monday, July 6, 2009

The Lectionary Gospel Passage for July 12

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

14And King Herod heard, for [Jesus’s] name was well-known and they said that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead and for that reason, mighty works were at work in him. 15But others said, "He’s Elijah." But others said, "He’s a prophet just like one of the prophets."

16But when Herod heard, he said, "John was the one whom I myself beheaded. He’s been raised." 17For Herod sent for and arrested John and bound him in jail because of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he married her. 18For John said to Herod, "It’s not permissible for you to have your brother’s wife." 19But Herodias held a grudge against him, and she wanted to kill him, but she was not able. 20For Herod was afraid of John, because he knew that John was righteous and holy. And he kept John safe. And when he heard him, he was much puzzled and he heard him gladly.

21And an opportune day came, when Herod on his birthday served a dinner for his nobility and the military tribune and the leaders of Galilee. 22And after his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she was pleasing to Herod and to those who were dinning with him. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you might what. And I will give to you." 23And he took a strong oath, "Whatever you might ask of me, I will give it to you up to half my kingdom." 24And after she left, she said to her mother, "For what should I ask." And her mother said, "The head of John the Baptist." 25And immediately she returned quickly to the king and asked saying, "I want, so that it might be given to me at once upon a platter, the head of John the Baptist." 26And the king became very sad because of the oath and those who were dinning with him. He didn’t dare break his word to her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner and gave him orders to bring his head. And after he went, he beheaded [John] in jail 28and brought his head upon a platter and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard, they came and took his corpse and they placed it in a tomb.


  1. I may use this to talk about the nature of the state and the danger faced by the faithful when we assume that secular leaders will protect and promote our interests. But that's just from the first reading.

  2. I think I'm going to focus on the danger of looking to the state to solve our problems. Herod can be used as an example of a politician that does what is easy, not right. It's also linked to the sending out of the disciples. They shouldn't look toward the government for help.

  3. The church can't rely on the state to solve it's problems. It has to assume responsibility and take action.