Hebrews 13:1-8 
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body.4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous.5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.”6 Hence we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

Mark 6:14-29 

14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.”15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”16 But when Herod heard of it he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”17 For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodi-as, his brother Philip’s wife; because he had married her.
18 For John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
19 And Herodi-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly.
21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee.22 For when Herodi-as’ daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it.”23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.”
24 And she went out, and said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the baptizer.”25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”26 And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.


THE FIRST READING: Because it is advantages to achieve social cohesiveness, the author call upon the flock to exercise hospitality towards all sectors of society, because who knows what, they may have an encounter with an angel sent by God to discipline them. Rather than hanging their hat on man, the people are called to place their hope in Christ; preserve, keep holy their married state, be content with what they have and to not frett about money or status!

THE GOSPEL READING; Well aware of the works and acclaim of Christ and some of the precepts of Judaism particularly pertaining to marriage, because He was in his second marriage to Herodi-as a jewish women the former wife of his his brother, Herod became angst because he figured that Jesus was John the Baptist who was raised to avenge his death!

From time to time the faith of clergy and devout believers will be tested to the brim brought about by dissipointments; be it the loss of a parent, child, spouse, sickness,  unemployment, marriage infidelity or evil calamitous family affairs. In these circumstantial situations we are called to not entertain the propositions of the devil, who desire that we; ill-treat our enemies, dishonor and defile our marriage bed, or squander our hard earned resources to be in the limelight and or numb our conscience. Instead we are to call on the name of Christ, seek His face wherever we are or whatever state we find ourselves in, because He will indeed run to us, deliver us from pain, love and discipline us to live according to His way.

LET US PRAY:Psalms 27:1,3,5,8-9

1 A Psalm of David.The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?3 Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent, he will set me high upon a rock.8 Thou hast said, “Seek ye my face.” My heart says to thee, “Thy face, LORD, do I seek.”9 Hide not thy face from me. Turn not thy servant away in anger, thou who hast been my help. Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.

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