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Matthew 14:8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”
Multiple historical records describe Herod as an especially cruel tyrant, abusive of power and responsible for hundreds (if not thousands) of deaths during his time on the throne. This is significant— in part because Jesus is born during Herod’s reign, a sign of hope in the midst of darkness. In the Gospel of Luke, Mary’s Magnificat is sung with Herod’s cruelty in the background.
God’s presence can seem like a tiny spark in the midst of great darkness. How are we called to join in this work of being light in a dark world?
MOVING FORWARD: Light a candle as part of your prayer time today.