Homily for Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The truth does not die with the messenger.
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday August 3 2019
(Mt. 14:1-12) 2) Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel we have the account of the beheading of John the Baptist. It was tragic and cheap. Tragic because John was doing his ministry of reminding King Herod of his illicit relationship with Hernias, the wife of his brother. Cheap because it was the result of fulfilling his promise of giving whatever is requested by Herodias’ daughter. The girl requested for the head of John.
Herod thought that by killing the Baptist, the messenger, the message will also die with him. He was wrong. The death of Joh only strengthened the message of repentance he brought. Jesus, the Messiah whose way John prepared, came and proclaimed the Good News of forgiveness and salvation. The disciples of John went to Jesus.
The truth can never be silenced even by death. The truth does not die with the messenger. The truth will persist and cannot be drowned by lies. The truth will emerge triumphant in the end. Many tyrants and dictators had committed the same mistake of persecuting and killing their critics and enemies. They thought they will be freed from their attacks by ending their lives. Only to realize, they are just replaced by many more, more committed, more convicted, and more courageous.
Did John die in vain? Definitely not. He fulfilled his role to prepare the way of Jesus, the Messiah. He brought the Good News of repentance to everyone. People heard John. People went to John to be baptized. John died faithful and proclaiming.
We are also called to be prophets. We may not all be given the grace of dying for the Lord. But we all have the calling and commission to proclaim the Good News. John should be an inspiration. The Lord must increase and we must decrease. Life is not about us. It is about God. John knew it and lived for it. We must follow the same path.