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Sirach 47:2-11
Psalm 18:31, 47, 50-51
Mark 6:14-29

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learning from herodias

"Herodias had her chance one day when..." —Mark 6:21

Herodias "harbored a grudge against" John the Baptizer for pointing out her sin; she "wanted to kill [John] but was unable to do so" (Mk 6:19). She got her chance one day when Herod dropped his guard (Mk 6:21). Herodias recognized the moment instantly, took the initiative (see Lk 16:8), made "the most of the present opportunity" (see Eph 5:16), and accomplished her brutal goal. This was perhaps the only chance Herodias would ever get, and she didn't miss it.

Jesus has called us, His disciples, to be fishers of men and women (Mt 4:19). We are to make disciples by catching men and women at the moment when they are ready to turn to the Lord. God may present an evangelistic opportunity when a coworker has a moment of readiness, perhaps when they are hurting and need love, perhaps after the loss of a loved one when they need assurance, perhaps a word of correction when they are caught in sin. This is what good fishermen do — they catch fish when the fish are hungry, not when it's convenient for the fisherman. Therefore to be a successful fisher of men and women, you'd better be present and ready to capitalize when the time is right. No one catches a fish while relaxing on his or her couch.

Jesus taught that the worldly take more initiative than spiritual people (see Lk 16:8). Herodias was ready to commit evil, was prepared and present when her chance came, and she succeeded. How much more should we who follow Jesus be ready to do good? Be prepared, ready, and always in position. Make disciples for Jesus (Mt 28:19).

Prayer:  Father, may I never be unwilling to work hard for You.

Promise:  "God's way is unerring, the promise of the Lord is fire-tried; He is a Shield to all who take refuge in Him." —Ps 18:31

Praise:  Ellen shares her home by opening it up one night a week for dinner and a Bible teaching for local teens.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 8, 2013

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