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July 15, 2018

2nd Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19           Psalms 24      Ephesians 1:3-14               Mark 6:14-29
     The younger sister reassured her older sister, “Those frames are so flattering.”   She had just gotten new glasses after twenty years and wasn’t happy with them.  She said, “They’re OK,” she said staring gloomily at herself in the mirror.  “Can you see better?”  “Yeah, I can see better.”  “So what’s wrong?”  She said, “For one thing, I thought I was still cute.”
     While Jesus heals many, John the Baptist is not one of them.  Instead, he is beheaded as a result of a reckless promise made at a party.  Power meets sin in this story.  King Herod had an affair with his brother’s wife, Herodian, before divorcing his wife and marrying her.  John is willing to confront power.
     The party is way out of control when Salome dances.  Instead of half his kingdom, Salome asks for a solution to her mother’s problem – to get rid of John the Baptist, who has been a thorn in Herodian’s side.  The disciples demonstrate their bravery by asking for John’s body.  This was an act which could provoke the authorities.  But they had learned something important from John – sometimes you just have to do the right thing.  Speaking the truth to power is often the right thing to do but it can be very dangerous.  
      Hear the Epistle reading from the Message - 
 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be mad