Today’s Gospel story is one of the most gruesome in all of the Bible with the beheading of John the Baptist and then bringing the head in on a platter. Actually Herod could have killed him at anytime but he enjoyed listening to him. There was something about John that attracted him, but also scared him. John’s passion for holiness and his moral courage to speak for truth and goodness stirred up something deep in Herod’s soul.
You may not consider yourself like John the Baptist, but in one sense you are like him if you too have a desire to let people know about God’s mercy and love. Perhaps you too have a passion for holiness that gets people’s attention. Maybe your sense of peace helps others stay calm in a crisis. Or maybe your joy overflows and lifts the spirits of your loved ones. You have spiritual gifts that God needs in our world today.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the impact you are making in people’s lives. Trust that the Holy Spirit will use the example of your faith to have an impact on the world around you and may touch others with your love !
Remember to keep your head about you !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
Join us in prayer!
We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
Magnificat publication, a spiritual guide that includes daily Mass:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.