The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
John the Baptist stands revealed before us in this gospel passage. He stands as a man of courage. John was a man who preferred death to falsehood. He lived for the truth and he died for the truth. He brought the voice of God to people – he was the conscience of the people. So, the person who speaks for God must always take his life in his hands. Maybe we are not called to live our lives so dramatically, but we have to be credible witnesses of God’s truth in this world. It is a challenge for all of us to continue to be God’s ambassadors in this world and in this age.