Mark 6:17-20 NRSVue

17For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. 18For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he liked to listen to him.

Some thoughts on this scripture

The jealousy, vanity and pride of Herod’s circle stand in contrast to the simplicity of John’s lifestyle and message. I ask for strength to live confidently and calmly, witnessing to a Gospel way of life.

Herod liked to listen to John the Baptist even tough he did not understand and treated John harshly. There may be those around me who seem to reject what I believe but I don’t know what goes on in their hearts. I pray for all who see or hear me.