Reflections with Fr. Mark
Dear Parishioners,

We all know weak people.  People who cannot take a stand or are afraid to confront those who are causing harm in some way. Herod, in today’s gospel, was weak.  He could not take a stand against the wishes of his daughter or wife.  His weakness would mean the beheading of John the Baptist. Herod had expressed an interest in Jesus and yet there was a tension between political power and the moral.  Unfortunately, Herod gave way to political power because he feared the consequences of the powerful pressure surrounding him.

We may fall into the same fateful decision when we are not able to take a moral stand.  We remain quiet in the face of the “more powerful” pressure, whether political or otherwise. We can simply ignore or quietly acquiesce, though we wish we could take a stand.  We don’t because we fear the consequence of losing relationships or be cancelled!

We all have the gift of free will.  How will you use your free will today?

The journey continues.


Fr. Mark