29th August – Martyrdom of St John the Baptist

Today we commemorate the martyrdom of St John the Baptist. He was not martyred becauseSalome_Receiving_the_Head_of_St_John_the_Baptist_-_WGA13771 he proclaimed Jesus at the Messiah but because he proclaimed God’s teaching about what constitutes a valid marriage. This gravely upset the powers that be.

The Opening Prayer says: “grant that as he died a Martyr for truth and justice, we too may fight hard for the confession of what you teach.” This informs us that we have a responsibility to publicly witness to God’s truth for right living.

The following is taken from a Premier Christian Media reflection.

Authority should be questioned, especially when it’s used to shore up corruption and injustice. Yet without authority each of us becomes priest, prophet and king in our own personalised world. God does not invite us to step beyond his authority. He has clear instructions on how we must live. His instruction withstands the sands of time, yet its application can find cultural expression throughout society and around the globe.