A rather appropriate quote from Ezra Taft Benson noted above. Pride can be deadly for anyone involved – just ask John the Baptist. Because of Herod’s pride and his unwillingness to embarrass himself in front of his constituents, it was John the Baptist’s head that had to roll after Herod made a promise to Herodias’ daughter to offer her anything she wanted for having pleased him with her dancing…
Herodias’ 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.
Pride isn’t the only deadly sin at work here. Herodias’ arrogance has a lot to do with John the Baptist dying here too. John had refused to bless the marriage between Herod and Herodias. It just so happened that Herodias was married to Philip, the brother of Herod and John called Herod and Herodia out and said…
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
So speaking the truth and standing up for the truth cost John the Baptist his life. All because of the pride of one man and the arrogance of one women. Pride and arrogance can be deadly. And it looks like pride and arrogance are once again on a “killing” spree only this time its the Church and some of the innocent children in it. I don’t care how many priests are involved in this sin against the Church because anything above ZERO shouldn’t have been tolerated. I don’t care how many bishops, cardinals or popes were involved because, again, anything above ZERO is unacceptable. We must all pray that we are able to put our pride and arrogance to rest when it comes to this matter. I will be the first to admit that I found it hard to accept that any priest could stoup to such heinous crimes against anyone but I am coming to around to the stark reality that some have. I have also struggled with the fact that some of those who are leaders have chosen to hide this, sweep it under the rug and not face the truth head on and deal with it justly and properly. I was too proud and too arrogant of my “church” to accept this harsh reality. Will I leave the Church – never. As I stated in an earlier blog, Christ made the Church, his bride, stainless and without sin. It is not the Church that has sinned against the innocent, it is MAN who has sinned against the innocent. I was shown an article the other day that supports the argument that the press is blowing the “numbers” out of proportion BUT I COULDN’T DISAGREE MORE. Even if this crime was only against one innocent child by one corrupt priest and covered up by one Bishop/Cardinal – it would still be totally unacceptable. Are our priests and bishops men and therefore subject to sin? Yes. Are they not then open to the same forgiveness of sins from our Heavenly Father? Of course. But they are also subject to the laws of whatever country they call home and they have skirted their just punishment, covered up their transgressions against the innocent and now it is time for them to pay – however many were involved. Set aside your pride and arrogance and take your just punishment. I send this blog out with the hopes that it might reach some of those who were involved. I want all to know that I am praying for the victims in this crime and I am also praying for the criminals too. God’s love is just for all – innocent and sinful alike. I also send this out hoping that those who committed these crimes have a chance to read our Gospel for today…
Jesus said to his disciples:
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant,
whom the master has put in charge of his household
to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’
and begins to beat his fellow servants,
and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day
and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely
and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Do something great for our Lord – pray that we can all set aside our sin of pride and arrogance. Pray for a pure heart. Pray for me as I will pray for you.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.