8 February 2019. Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
There are times that I want to please others. There are also times that I want to please only with myself. But most of the time, I please both. In short, I am a pleaser.
In the Gospel, John was killed by King Herod out of fear of other peoples’ reaction after he promised to give whatever Herodias’ daughter wished for. This reminds me of those many times when I always made things right just to make others happy, contented, and satisfied, because, I feel uncomfortable when others would be disgusted because of me. Thus, all my decisions must be guided by the common good. But the sad thing is that sometimes I do things not out of conviction, but conformity.
I remember when I was not a seminarian; I used to join amateur boxing in different barangay fiestas. One time I caused harm to my opponent because I still threw him punches even if he already stopped fighting back just to feed on the cheers of the spectators who enjoyed the event outside the ring. I was at my worst self during that time.
Now as a seminarian, the greatest challenge for me is to change my way of living into Christ’s way of living. This is an invitation for me to live not according to my own desires, but follow the will of God. May I always act out of conscience and not out or fear of other peoples’ reaction.
The Gospel Today
King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread,
and people were saying,
“John the Baptist has been raised from the dead;
That is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
Others were saying, “He is Elijah”;
still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”
But when Herod learned of it, he said,
“It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.”
Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
yet he liked to listen to him.
Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers,
and the leading men of Galilee.
His own daughter came in and performed a dance
that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
“Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
“I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
“What shall I ask for?”
Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
“I want you to give me at once on a platter
the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests
he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner
with orders to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter
and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.