Herodias harbored a grudge against him

Published February 5, 2021, 9:55 AM

by Manila Bulletin


Herodias is the daughter of Aristobulus, one of the sons of Herod the Great. Herod Antipas is also the son of Herod the Great and is a half-brother of the first husband of Herodias, Philip. Antipas had divorced his first wife, a Nabatean princess, to make room for Herodias. John the Baptist denounces this marital irregularity. While Herod Antipas vacillates between anger and respect for John the Baptist, Herodias is determined to kill John. She bids her time and may have deliberately sent her daughter into the feast to dance in order to induce Herod to grant her wish. Her desire for vengeance makes her deaf to the voice of her conscience. Conscience is a built-in mechanism placed by God in our being. Let us thank God if our conscience still disturbs us; it means that this spiritual mechanism is still working!

Gospel • MARK 6:14-29

King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” … Herod was the one who had John 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. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him. Herodias had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday, gave a banquet for his courtiers, his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee. His own daughter came in and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.” He even swore many things to her, “I will grant you whatever you ask of me, even to half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” Her mother replied, “The head of John the Baptist.” The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

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