Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Truth That Haunts

It is said that one who commits a crime would always leave a clue to be caught, unconsciously so, for we are made for Truth and our being rebels against falsehood. Whether the above claim about the clue is true or not, our crimes and falsehood do leave their painful mark in our mind and heart, constantly hurting us. This is what we see in King Herod. Though he beheaded and thereby silenced John the Baptist, John comes alive with many heads and tongues in the mind of Herod, tormenting him emotionally and spiritually. Herod’s guilt keeps eating him away. Thus, when he hears of Jesus, he is convinced that it is John himself who has come back to life. Who can save us from such predicament? Only a genuine confession of sins and reparation, and a humble return to truthful ways can heal us of such internal wounds. And this is the Gospel: repent and turn back to the Lord.


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