Read today’s Gospel. Mark 6:17-29
Going against our better judgement.
That Herod recognized John the Baptist for who he was, is obvious. YET because of pride and a certain cowardice, he went against his ‘better judgement’ and had John beheaded. Herod was deeply distressed on hearing the girl’s request and must have remained so for a long time, yet he gave in. Was he taken in by her charm?
Can we see the Herod in ourselves? Are there times when we, knowing what was right, have gone against our own better judgement? Were there times when the desire to save face; to please another, to satisfy our own selves and for many other seemingly good reasons, would have taken priority?
We too, like Herod, might have felt deeply distressed, whatever the circumstance, because we knew we had not done right. Some things we can change but, like in Herod’s case, there are some things we can do nothing about.
We have to depend on the mercy of God to help us through, and make any reparation possible.
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