Dear brothers and sisters:
“When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick” (Matthew 14:13-15).
When we are confronted with eternal questions in our own life it is cause for pause. When someone we love enters into eternity we are confronted with mysteries beyond us and rely more deeply on our faith in what is not seen. How important it is to journey through this mystery and open our minds and hearts in communion with God. Jesus hears of the tragic death of his cousin, John the Baptist, his forerunner and voice who is killed so unjustly by the whim of a corrupted world. Herod is more concerned about entertainment and human respect than human life. He does not want to have John the Baptist killed, but is easily led by his passions and the invitation of the world.
We know in faith that God is greater than all this, but the weakness of our faith and our limited vision necessitate us going deeper in our communion with God and relying more heavily upon it. We need time. We need to pray and reflect. Nature can be helpful. Jesus goes to a deserted place. Even so, like us, the plan for meditation can be interrupted. Here we trust God who is “in charge”: all-powerful and present in all things. Jesus trusts his Father completely and acts with compassion when confronted with the needs before him. We see the beautiful balance each of us must have in our perilous journey of faith in this world; we must care for our souls and act in sincere love according to the circumstances presented to us.
In Christ, son of Mary,