In the Gospel we see how many people are affected by just one true sentence of John the Baptist; it is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife. That sparks off violent reactions in Herod, Herodias and then her daughter. A holy man gets executed all because some people care more about their reputation and the opinion of others than gods law. When we live out the Christian values of love, patience, humility etc. and get slapped in the face, we may wonder if it is worth it. But let us remember that when we do good, the benefactors are not just the others. We ourselves begin to realize our Christian identity and see the power of God’s goodness and love happening in the lives of others.

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