Saint Matthew 14:1-12.
Book of Leviticus 25:1.8-17.
The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,
"Seven weeks of
years shall you count--seven times seven years--so that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.
Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month let the trumpet resound; on this, the Day of
Atonement, the trumpet blast shall re-echo throughout your land.
This fiftieth year you
shall make sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee
for you, when every one of you shall return to his own property, every one to his own family estate.
In this fiftieth year, your year of jubilee, you shall not sow, nor shall you reap the
aftergrowth or pick the grapes from the untrimmed vines.
Since this is the jubilee, which
shall be sacred for you, you may not eat of its produce, except as taken directly from the field.
"In this year of jubilee, then, every one of you shall return to his own property.
Therefore, when you sell any land to your neighbor or buy any from him, do not deal unfairly.
On the basis of the number of years since the last jubilee shall you purchase the land from
him; and so also, on the basis of the number of years for crops, shall he sell it to you.
the years are many, the price shall be so much the more; when the years are few, the price shall be
so much the less. For it is really the number of crops that he sells you.
Do not deal unfairly,
then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the LORD, am your God. Psalms 67(66):2-3.5.7-8.
May God be gracious to us and bless us; may God's face
shine upon us. Selah
So shall your rule be known upon the earth, your saving power among all the
May the nations be glad and shout for joy; for you govern the peoples justly, you guide
the nations upon the earth. Selah
The earth has yielded its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still; that the ends of the earth may revere our God. Holy
Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 14:1-12.
time Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, "This man is
John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in
Now Herod had arrested John, bound (him), and put him in prison on account of Herodias,
the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a
But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance
before the guests and delighted Herod
so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask
Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given,
and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was
brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and
took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus. Commentary of the day
Blessed John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to
2005Apostolic Letter « Tertio Millenio adveniente », 37 (© Libreria Editrice
John the Baptist, martyr of
The Church of the first millennium was born of the blood
of the martyrs: "Sanguis martyrum - semen christianorum".(Tertullian) Historical
events... could never have ensured the development of the Church as it occurred during
the first millennium if it had not been for the seeds sown by the martyrs and the heritage of
sanctity which marked the first Christian generations. At the end of the second millennium, the
Church has once again become a Church of martyrs. The persecutions of believers —priests, Religious
and laity—has caused a great sowing of martyrdom in different parts of the world. The witness to
Christ borne even to the shedding of blood has become a common inheritance of Catholics, Orthodox,
Anglicans and Protestants, as Pope Paul VI pointed out... This witness must not be forgotten...
In our own century the martyrs have returned, many of them nameless, "unknown soldiers" as it
were of God's great cause. As far as possible, their witness should not be lost to the Church...
Local Churches should do everything possible to ensure that the memory of those who have suffered
martyrdom should be safeguarded, gathering the necessary documentation.
This gesture cannot
fail to have an ecumenical character and expression. Perhaps the most convincing form of ecumenism
is the ecumenism of the saints and of the martyrs. The communio sanctorum speaks louder than the
things which divide us... The greatest homage which all the Churches can give to Christ on the
threshold of the third millennium will be to manifest the Redeemer's all-powerful presence through
the fruits of faith, hope and charity present in men and women of many different tongues and races
who have followed Christ in the various forms of the Christian vocation.