Friday 4th Week of the Year
If I held out in one hand a dollar bill
and in the other hand a penny,
which one would you take
if you could have one or the other?
You would take the dollar
because it’s worth 100 times more than the penny.
But what would happen if you didn’t know
that it was worth so much more than the penny?
This was poor Herod in today’s gospel.
He had the one man in front of him,
sitting in prison who could reveal the truth to him
at any time he desired.
This king who had the world by the tail
was full of fear at what others might think of him.
So instead of taking something much more valuable
then what he had in the world, he chose the penny,
his petty, little kingdom over the Kingdom of God.
Herod did not have the cardinal virtue of courage
to overcome his fear in order to discover a greater good.
To gain courage or fortitude, a good place to start
is to ask ourselves the question,
“What do I fear losing the most?”
It is absolutely necessary to have our priorities straight
in order to have the courage to stand up for what is our greatest good.
John the Baptist put his relationship with Jesus
before anything else, even his own life on this earth.
He had his priorities right and Herod did not.
Fear of God is knowing that God
is always our first choice in everything.
He is the source of every good in this life and life eternal.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit’s help to put in proper order
all of our loves and fears too that we would fear to lose God
before everything else.
The virtue of fortitude or courage will help us
to do the right thing even in the midst of hardship,
whatever may be the source of that hardship.
hey be at peace in the kingdom of heaven, let us pray to the Lord.