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The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

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Saint John the Baptist bears witness to Jesus Christ
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Saint John the Baptist was called by God to be the precursor of His divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve upon the extraordinary graces which he had received in his earliest infancy, he was directed by the Holy Spirit to lead an austere and …More
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

(† 31)
Saint John the Baptist bears witness to Jesus Christ
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Saint John the Baptist was called by God to be the precursor of His divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve upon the extraordinary graces which he had received in his earliest infancy, he was directed by the Holy Spirit to lead an austere and contemplative life in the wilderness. There he devoted himself to the continuous exercise of devout prayer and penance.
When Saint John was thirty years old, the faithful minister of the Lord began to discharge his mission. Clothed with the garments of penance, he announced to all men the obligation weighing upon them of washing away their iniquities with the tears of sincere compunction. He proclaimed the Messiah, who was of his own age but whom he had never seen, when one day Jesus came to be baptized by him in the Jordan. Saint John was received by the poor folk as the true herald of the Most High God, and his voice was, as it were, a trumpet sounding from heaven to summon all men to avert the divine judgments. Souls were exhorted by him to prepare themselves to reap the benefit of the mercy offered them.
When the tetrarch Herod Antipas, in defiance of all laws divine and human, married Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip who was yet living, Saint John the Baptist boldly reprimanded the tetrarch and his accomplice for so scandalous an adultery. Herod, motivated by his lust and his anger, cast the Saint into prison. About a year after Saint John had been made a prisoner, Herod gave a splendid entertainment to the official world of Galilee. Salome, a daughter of Herodias by her lawful husband, pleased Herod by her dancing, to the point that he made her the foolish promise of granting whatever she might ask. Salome consulted with her mother as to what to ask, and that immoral woman instructed her daughter to demand the death of John the Baptist, and that the head of the prisoner should be immediately brought to her on a platter. This barbaric request startled the tyrant himself; but governed by human respect he assented and sent a soldier of his guard to behead the Saint in prison. Thus died the great forerunner of our blessed Saviour, some two years after his entrance upon his public ministry, and a year before the death of the One he announced.
Reflection: All the signal graces with which Saint John was favored sprang from his humility; in that virtue all his other virtues were founded. If we desire to form ourselves to solid virtue, we must, above all things, labor to lay the same deep foundation.
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The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist - Memorial
Commentary of the day
Saint Maximus of Turin (?-c.420), Bishop
Sermon 36

« And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High » (Lk 1,76)
Among all the holy and blessed John the Baptist's claims to glory, whose feast we celebrate today, I do not know which to prefer: his miraculous birth or his even more miraculous death. His birth …More
The Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist - Memorial
Commentary of the day
Saint Maximus of Turin (?-c.420), Bishop
Sermon 36

« And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High » (Lk 1,76)
Among all the holy and blessed John the Baptist's claims to glory, whose feast we celebrate today, I do not know which to prefer: his miraculous birth or his even more miraculous death. His birth carried a prophecy with it (Lk 1,67f.), his death, the truth; his birth announced the Savior's coming, his death condemned Herod's incestuous relationship. This holy saint... was worthy in God's eyes of not departing in the same way as others do in this world: he left the body he had received from the Lord while confessing him. In all things John fulfilled God's will since his life, like his death, corresponded to his designs...

Even while still in his mother's womb he celebrated the Lord's coming with joyful movements since he was unable to do so by word. Elizabeth said to blessed Mary: “When the voice of your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy” (Lk 1,44). John, then, rejoiced before his birth, and even before his eyes could recognise what the world looks like, his spirit already recognised who is its lord. I think that this is the meaning of the prophet's words: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before were born I had consecrated you” (Jer 1,5). So let us not be astonished if, locked up in the prison where Herod had put him, he went on preaching Christ through his disciples' mediation (Mt 11,2) since, shut up as he was in his mother's womb, he was already proclaiming the Lord's coming with his bounds.
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