Reading through the gospel for this week is sort of a horrific treat. The beheading of John the Baptist is nothing if not a great story—drama, intrigue, tension, conflict, resolution. Even as a flashback (“John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!”) to explain Herod’s response to Jesus’ ministry, it’s the kind of story one doesn’t want to read and yet cannot stop reading. But compelling as it is, I don’t necessarily want to preach about a head on a platter.
Season after Pentecost | 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Amos 7:7-15 (Psalm 85:8-13); Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 | Semi-continuous first reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 (Psalm 24)