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The Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist

Today’s Mass Readings

The Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist August 29

Mark 6:17-29

A few years before our Lord’s Passion, St. John the Baptist experienced his own.

That word passion, along with the word nativity are reserved only for two other people, our Lord Jesus, and His Mother Mary.

This shows the uniqueness of St. John the Baptist who looks and acts and even speaks like an Old Testament prophet but was chosen to point beyond himself to our Lord Jesus.


Because he lived not for himself but for God and others he was not afraid to speak the truth which led to his own passion and death.

He spoke about King Herod’s immoral activities, “it is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Herod lacked the courage to accept the truth about himself and had John beheaded.


It would be good for us to allow John to speak to our conscience for a few quiet moments sometime today.

We pray for the courage to hear John’s call to repentance and a change of heart so we can embrace the love and mercy of the Lamb of God.

Courage and repentance go together so well.

Before you try to repent pray with St. John for courage.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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