Today's Daily Bread
Fri. Feb 5, 2016: Sirach 47:2-11; Mark 6:14-29
I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist. This is one of those Gospel stories that you hear and think, “Eeww!” It’s difficult to say, “Thanks be to God” after a story like this. But scholars think Mark knew exactly what he was doing. By sandwiching the story of John’s death between the sending and returning of the disciples, Mark is reminding his readers that yes, John the Baptist preached the kingdom -- and look what happened to him. He confronted King Herod for marrying his brother’s wife, and it cost him his life. Mark wanted his readers (and us) to understand that when disciples go about living and doing what God calls us to do, there will be consequences. Being your disciple in this world, Lord, is difficult, risky and challenging; guide and strengthen us.