Jeremiah 1:17-19; Ps 71 I will sing your salvation Mark 6:17-29
Today in the life of the Church we celebrate the beheading of John the Baptist or the passion of John the Baptist. John is the precursor to Christ. He had one job and that was to point to Christ, "Behold the lamb of God."
In fact if anyone could ever claim a Messiah complex, it could have been John the Baptist, for every one thought he was the Messiah. Yet, rather than give in to the ego's drive for notoriety, he simply pointed to Christ and proclaimed "I must decrease, he must increase."
Thinking about John the Baptist and his martyrdom and I think about the words of St Therese, "For me to love You as You love me, I would have to borrow your own love." This was St Therese's expression to Jesus in regards to her desire to return to Him the love she herself experienced.
To Love you as you love me, I would have to borrow your own love.
The only way we could ever love God in the way he has loved us is with the very love with which He has first loved us.
Perhaps this is the experience of every martyr, everyone who has laid their life on the line.
What if the witness of martyrdom is in fact the borrowing of God's love so that God can be loved in the way he has loved us?
What if this is truly passionate love?
Today ask God to see how much he loves you. Today ask God to borrow his love so that you may love him with the love he has loved you.
Celebrate John the Baptist this way.