Friday, February 8, 2019
Today, in Mercy, our Gospel recounts the dramatic story of John the Baptist’s death. John, the one who went before Christ, paving the way for him, precedes him even in death.
Jesus expressed great respect and gratitude for John when he said:
I tell you, among those born of women
there is no one greater than John …
Today’s passage from Hebrews closes by exhorting us to:
Remember those who have gone before you,
who spoke the word of God to you.
Consider the outcome of their way of life
and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The readings inspire us to gratefully remember and prayerfully honor the many people who have gone before us, leading us in faith. Parents and family, teachers, religious women and men, friends and mentors. Slowly naming these individuals in our prayer will remind us of our abundant blessings and encourage us to live lives worthy of their gifts to us.
Music: Wind Beneath My Wings – sung by Perry Como