Thursday of 21th Week of Ordinary--The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Harboring Grudges

On this feast day of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, the story of John the Baptist beheaded reported in all the Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew and Luke. In this version of the Gospel of Mark, we are told that Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom  Herod wanted to marry. John the Baptist stood for the truth and told Herod that it was not lawful to have his brother’s wife. Herod put John to jail but didn't kill him because he liked to listen to John. This made Herodias harbored grudges against John the Baptist.

What happened when Herodias harbored grudges on John the Baptist? On the occasion of Herod’s birthday that Herodias’ daughter performed a beautiful dance in front of Herod and his guesses that delighted them that Herod said to her, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you … even to half of my kingdom.” She went and asked her mother, and her mother replied to her by asking for the head of John the Baptist. Her harboring of grudges costed the head of John the Baptist.

Have you and I ever harbored grudges to anyone? Even to our loved one(s)? What caused of harboring grudges on someone? Has it been the words someone said that hurts you? Has it been the act that caused you embarrass or ashamed? Instead of holding on all of these hurts, embarrasses, or anguishes, learn from the Lord Jesus to forgive them by let it go and not holding on to it in our mind, heart and soul or harboring grudges to fight back when there is a chance. “For if you love those who love you,” Jesus said, “what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them” (Lk 6:32). So, learn to love even our enemies. It’s difficult, but perhaps, the moment that we find it difficult to forgive those who hurt us, learn to call on the Lord Jesus: Lord Jesus, come and help me. When we call on him, I’m sure that he’ll be there somehow or someway to help. We just need to remember to call on him when we experience difficulty or challenge. Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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