Today we reflect on the passion of John the Baptist. As today’s gospel tells us, John was killed because of his vocal opposition to the marriage of Herod to Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. He was courageous in in faith and lived out his life to prepare the way of Jesus.
John, though, did not have the opportunity to witness the glorification of Jesus. As Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthians,
Where is the wise one?
Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish?
For since in the wisdom of God
the world did not come to know God through wisdom,
it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation
to save those who have faith.
For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike,
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom,
and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength
You see, my sisters and brothers, that we are given a gift that the Baptist longed to have, but did not. We are able to see the truth in its fullness. We proclaim Christ crucified.
Remember and give honor to the Baptist. Give all your praise to Jesus Christ, crucified and glorified!