Saturday August 1st 2015 17th week
Let the peoples praise you, Oh God; Let all the people’s praise you.
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus.
John the Baptist stood by his preaching even if he had offended the influential people during his times. He held on to his teachings which eventually caused his death.
In the same way, our very own Peter To Rot, stood by his faith and performed Christian practices amidst the threat of his life.
How much do you really believe what you say? How much are you willing to suffer for your beliefs? Especially during this times when there are groups are trying to change the very teachings of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, like St. John the Baptist, Peter To Rot and all other martyrs of faith, please teach me to be strong and firm of my Christian belief regardless if the world will be against me. Amen.