Oh God! Why are You letting this happen?

Memorial of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist (August 29)

Transfiguration of JesusHandout or Bulletin Insert.

Description: Considering what happened to St. John the Baptist, we might surmise that working for God is not safe. It sure seems so whenever we take an unpopular stand on the truth. What does this really mean? This reflection for the Memorial of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist digs gives hope in difficult situations. As in every struggle, every persecution, every emotional or spiritual earthquake, we have to humbly assume that there’s something about the Bigger Picture that we can’t yet see, something we can’t yet understand. Eventually, in this life or the next, God will reveal it and we will go, “Ahhhhhhhhh.” And John the Baptist in heaven will nod his head and say, “It was all worth it.” And we will agree.

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Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the week of Aug. 29, RCIA class, ministry meeting, retreats.

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