Mk 6:17-29 Marriage And Murder
Herod was the one who had John the Baptist arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harbored a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Today, kings and queens and swords and empires seem to be the thing of fairy-tales. It’s hard for us to understand how one man could wield so much power; judge so swiftly; and engulf an entire people into chaos so easily. It’s hard to relate to centuries old occurrences.
But if we closely examine today’s gospel, and sift our way through the archaic names, ancient dances and dungeons and fantastic promises made by a king to his step-daughter, we can begin to see a glance of what binds our world to theirs; and what lies in store for us.
That is, we begin to see what we will suffer to save the institution of marriage.
Is God’s word relevant in our world? You bet! And more than ever before!
Just recently, an activist and volunteer worker for an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) organization stormed into the Washington based pro-family and pro-marriage Family Research Council (FRC) with over fifty rounds of ammunition and 15 Chic-Fil-A sandwiches in his backpack. He shot the security guard, who not only survived but miraculously stripped the assailant of his gun and detained him until the police arrived.
The security guard, a devout Christian, could have killed the man who wanted to kill him, but he chose not to, even though he had every legal right to do so. By all accounts, the would-be-murderer had ever intent of killing every single employee in that building.
A few days before the shooting, a well known gay-rights organization labeled the FRC a “hate-group”, a label typically reserved for Nazis and racists. They also called the founder of the FRC, Tony Perkins, a racist, a bigot, a homophobe and a hate-monger. After the shooting, only forty-four LGBT groups condemned the attack. The general media has pretty much ignored this story; in no way has it received the same media attention that Trayvon Martin’s case continues to receive today.
And while we all think that the security guard did not deserve to be shot, I am sure that some good people - loving and very tolerant people - will attempt to justify, in one way or another, the actions of the LGBT volunteer. After all, he truly cares about extending the rights of marriage to all individuals.
How in the world did we ever get to the point of calling an organization that defends the dignity and sanctity of marriage and family a hate-group? Is this the stuff of some fairy-tale gone bad? Is this the stuff of some ancient, bizarre, and insane emperor who went wild on his very own people?
Not only have we crossed great distances in time, but we have gone where no man has ever gone before. We have gone where no man has ever gone before because we have sinned like no man ever sinned.
Sure, over time, names may change…a dungeon easily becomes a correctional facility; my spouse, my “mate” or my “partner”; an infidelity is considered a slip; sin is a lack of judgment; etc… But what doesn’t seem to change is how intolerant are the so-called tolerant and to what extent the non-believer will go to silence his opponent. This is the advantage of being a non-believer. There are no rules, no qualms, no conscience, no commandments and no beatitudes to abide to; especially when it comes to getting what one wants.
There is nothing holding them back.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us!