Leviticus 25:5; 1, 8-17
Matthew 14:1-12


The Gospels attribute the death of John the Baptist to his criticism of the marriage between Herod and Herodias that constituted incest, according to the book of Leviticus. Obviously, Herod didn’t like being reminded that his actions were contrary to God’s Law. When you break from the group mind to mark a place for yourself and what you stand for, don’t expect the group to reward you. There is always pressure from society to conform and not stand apart from it or challenge its behaviour – to keep silent about things like euthanasia or abortion or the aggressive government takeover of Calvary Hospital in Canberra. The Gospel warns us that if we do take a stand and remind society that its actions are contrary to God’s Law, we have to expect consequences. You have to count the cost if you are going to be a disciple of Jesus.

Fr. Ray Sanchez CP is the leader of the Oxley community and responsible for Parish Missions and Retreats throughout Australia and NZ.