Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
And the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes, and to all the people, saying:
The judgment of death is for this man: because he hath prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.
Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes, and to all the people, saying:
The Lord sent me to prophesy concerning this house, and concerning this city all the words that you have heard. Now therefore amend your ways, and your doings, and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God: and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath spoken against you. But as for me, behold I am in your hands: do with me what is good and right in your eyes: But know ye, and understand, that if you put me to death, you will shed innocent blood against your own selves, and against this city, and the inhabitants thereof. For in truth the Lord sent me to you, to speak all these words in your hearing.
Then the princes, and all the people said to the priests, and to the prophets:
There is no judgment of death for this man: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.
So the hand of Ahicam the son of Saphan was with Jeremiah, that he should not be delivered into the hands of the people, to put him to death.
Responsorial Psalm 68:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 (Ps 69 NAB)
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Draw me out of the mire,
that I may not stick fast:
deliver me from them that hate me,
and out of the deep waters.
Let not the tempest of water drown me,
nor the deep water swallow me up:
and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
But I am poor and sorrowful:
thy salvation, O God, hath set me up.
I will praise the name of God with a canticle:
and I will magnify him with praise.
Let the poor see and rejoice:
seek ye God, and your soul shall live.
For the Lord hath heard the poor:
and hath not despised his prisoners.
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 14:1-12
Haydock New Testament
AT That time Herod, the tetrarch, heard of the fame of Jesus: And he said to his servant:
This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works shew forth themselves in him.
For Herod had apprehended John, and bound him and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother’s wife. For John said to him:
It is not lawful for thee to have her.
And wishing to put him to death, he feared the people: because they esteemed him as a prophet. But on Herod’s birth-day, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised, with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him. But she being instructed before by her mother, said:
Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist.
And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given. And he sent and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus.
Haydock Commentary Jeremias 26: 11-16, 24
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site
- Ver. 15. Sent me. This was a complete justification. C. — None could deny but Jeremias had all the characters of a true prophet. v. 16. H.
- Ver. 16. All. The populace easily changes either for better or for worse. W.
- Ver. 24. Ahicam. A man employed under Josias, (4 K. xxii. 12.) and father of Godolias, who was also the protector of Jeremias. C. xxxix. 14. and 4 K. xxv. 22. C.
Haydock Commentary Matthew 14:1-12
- Ver. 1. Tetrarch. This word, derived from the Greek, signifies one that rules over the fourth part of a kingdom: as Herod then ruled over Galilee, which was but the fourth part of the kingdom of his father. Ch. — S. John had been now imprisoned in the castle of Machærus about a year, at the instigation of Herodias. It is very probable that before this he would have fallen a sacrifice to her vindictive temper, had it not been for the great personal respect in which (on account of the singular holiness of his life) he was held, not only by the people, but by Herod himself. — Josephus, in his Antiquities of the Jews, gives the following account: This Herod, who was also called Antipas, was the son of Herod the great, by his sixth wife, Cleopatra, of Jerusalem. A general opinion obtained among the Jews, that Herod’s discomfiture by the Parthians, was the effect of divine vengeance upon himself and his army, for the blood of John, surnamed the Baptist. He was a man of immaculate character, whose object was to exhort the Jews to the practice of virtue and piety, point out the necessity of repentance, and hold forth by baptism the import of regeneration to a new life, which he made to consist, not in abstaining from a particular sin, but in an habitual purity of both mind and body. Such was the influence of this great and good man, as appeared from the multitude of his disciples, and the veneration of his life and doctrines, that Herod was apprehensive of a revolt. He therefore sent him bound to prison, where by the malice of Herodias, his brother’s wife, he was afterwards put to death, which inhuman act was shortly followed by the marked vengeance of heaven on its execrable author, as the Jews were firmly convinced. B. xviii, c. vii. — For Herod going to Rome, at the instigation of Herodias, expecting to be made king, was severely reproved by the emperor Caius, (Caligula) who transferred his tetrarchy to Agrippa, in consequence of which, Herod retired with his wife to Spain, and died in exile. Wars of the Jews. B. ii, c. viii. In the 18th book, and 9th chapter, Josephus says, the place of his exile was Lyons, in Gaul; that his goods were also confiscated, and that both himself and Herodias died in great misery.
- Ver. 2. Risen from the dead. S. Jerom thinks these words are spoken by Herod ironically; but they are generally supposed to be his real sentiments, the dictates of a guilty conscience. For he respected John, as appears from ver. 9, and was afraid he was returned to avenge his unjust murder. Jans. — Mighty works shew forth themselves in him, or work in him. Wi.
- Ver. 3. Because of Herodias, his brother’s wife. In the common Greek copies we read, his brother Philip’s wife, as it is in the Latin in S. Mark, vi. 17. Wi. — He is a different person from Philip the tetrarch, mentioned in S. Luke. iii. 1. V.
- Ver. 5. He feared the people. The fear of God corrects us, the fear of man restrains us, but removeth not the desire of evil. Hence it renders such as have been restrained by it for a time, more eager afterwards to indulge their evil propensities. Glossa.
- Ver. 7. He promised. Wicked promises and wicked oaths are not binding. That promise is wicked, in which the thing promised is wicked, and that oath in not binding, by which impiety is promoted. S. Isidore.
- Ver. 9. Yet because of his oath, which could not bind him, being unjust. Wi. — See the preposterous religion of this wicked prince. He feels no remorse for his impious conduct to his brother and his own wife; murder, adultery, and incest do not appal him; and yet he is terrified with the thought of violating a vain and wicked oath on no occasion and in no circumstances obligatory. Herod did wrong in taking such a rash oath, but he did worse in fulfilling it. Jans. —David swore to Nabal. He swore rashly; but with greater piety, he refused to keep his oath. Perhaps it is because Catholics inculcate this principle, that they have been accused by their adversaries of teaching that faith is not to be kept, and also the doctrine of expediency. A.
- Ver. 11. His head was brought. How wonderful are the ways of the Almighty towards his servants! He permits them in this life to be afflicted, and to be given up to the will of the impious, because he knows this is good for them, and beneficial to their eternal salvation. We behold here S. John, the precursor of the Messias, who is declared by our Saviour to be the most distinguished personage ever born of woman, cast into prison, and, after a year’s confinement, slain at the request of an impious vile adulteress. How can any one be heard to complain of the small trials to which he may be exposed for the faith of Christ, when he beholds so eminent a servant of God suffering so much in the same cause. Dion. Carth.