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WEDNESDAY, June 3                           The Martyrs of Uganda

Matthew 14:9 The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given.

Everything about this story feels wrong. The king has no moral compass or spine. An underage girl is being manipulated by a murderous, spiteful mother. The guests hold the king to a promise that ends in the brutal murder of a prophet of God. Presenting John the Baptist’s head on a platter highlights the grotesque nature of the whole scene.

And yet, how often do we allow things to happen around us because “that’s just how the world works?” How easy is it to lose our own moral compass for the promise of wealth or pleasure or admiration—or to let anger fester into spitefulness and vengeance?

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