Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Sirach 47:2-11 | Ps. 18:31, 47, 50, 51 | Mark 6:14 -29

Today’s Gospel begins with the discussion by King Herod and others as to who Jesus is.  The Gospel then relates the story of John the Baptist’s arrest and beheading.  The first reading comes from the book of Sirach which is considered to be one of the books of the wisdom literature.  We are reminded by Sirach that David was blessed by God because he called upon God before he began his work, his battles, etc. and that he always praised God at the end of the task.  The covenant between God and David is maintained as the covenant was also maintained between God and John the Baptist and with Jesus despite the hardships they endured.  God continues to maintain this covenant with us.

How do you begin and end your day, your work, etc.?

Do you remember to call upon God and give praise at the end of each task, each day?

God is always ready to hear us; do you strive to be ready to hear God?

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