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I want you to give me on a plate the head of John the Baptist right now

Posté par diaconos le 29 août 2019

 Thursday, August 29, 2019

JJe veux que, tout de suite, tu me donnes sur un plat la tête de Jean le Baptiste.png 220ohn the Baptist Beheaded

14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying,[a] “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”

16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”

17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.

18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,

20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”

23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.

25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.

27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,

28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.

29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb. (Mk 6, 14-29)


Herod Antipas II (24 BC – 39 AD) The Gospel of Mark (Mk 6:18) holds one of these arguments that made people very excited when they heard him speak. He told Herod Antipas: « You are not allowed to have your brother’s wife (Mk 6:19) », thus marking his opposition to marriage with Herodias. This union shocked him because of the legal prohibition of marriage with his brother’s wife (Lev. 18:16; 20:21), which John the Baptist bluntly recalled. According to the synoptic gospels, it was following these admonitions of John the Baptist that Antipas had him thrown into prison.

It was because of Herodias that he put John in prison. He executed John against his will because of the oath and the guests. John the Baptist, chained in a prison, helpless, whose preaching guided so many sinners to conversion, drew only a smile from Herod. But he was free. He remained faithful to his mission and nothing could stop him. Even when Antipas imprisoned him, even if there was no one left to listen to him, even if there were only enemies and disgruntled people, even if he was forgotten… he never stopped preaching the truth.

In his martyrdom, John the Baptist identified himself with Jesus who cried on the cross: « My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? » (Mk 15:34). As he entered into abandonment and suffering, he did not remain alone. Christ accompanied him spiritually. Amen

Michel Houyoux, permanent deacon

Note the historian Flavius Josephus was in harmony with the Gospels.  Among the many features common to the Gospels and Josephus, we note:John’s nickname: « Baptist »

  1. the emphasis on John’s baptism, a unifying element among the Jewish people
  2. the fact that John himself had an excellent moral reputation (« a good man »)
  3. John’s considerable influence and popularity among the Jews of his time
  4. the spiritual authority of John

 Additional information

abvnWhen the time for Elizabeth to give birth was over, Mary returned to her cousin to greet the parents and the child. She then relived the scene she had experienced several months ago when the two children had flinched when she greeted Elizabeth, her cousin. Through the voice of the angel sent to Zechariah, Zechariah and Elizabeth knew that God had listened and answered their prayers.

The Virgin Mary understood that this birth was miraculous and that the Father wanted to show his tenderness and delicacy, but also that the birth of the precursor would make it possible to recognize the simultaneous birth of the two children. One was sent to announce the coming of the second and God knew that one should not be too far from the other, otherwise he would be lost in oblivion.

The people of Israel needed God’s help to purify themselves and God wanted the one they were going to send to be prophesied from the moment of their presence.  « Thou shalt call him John »: this was the announcement that the angel had also to transmit to Zechariah. John meaning; « God is favourable ».  Thus the people saw the moment of their salvation coming: to this name of the precursor was attached hope and strength to wait in the midst of difficulties.

« He was given a tablet on which he wrote: »John is his name. » The audience was amazed and immediately Zachary spoke again. Fear seized all the inhabitants of the Judean region. All those who heard about this child asked themselves: « What will this child be? « .

Zechariah lprophetized : « Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who visits and redeems his people. He has brought forth the power that saves us in the house of David, his servant, as he had said through the mouth of the saints, through his prophets, since ancient times: salvation that tears us from the enemy, from the hands of all our oppressors, love that he shows towards our fathers, memory of his holy covenant, swearing to our father Abraham to make us without fear of the saints, through his prophets, since ancient times : salvation that snatches us from the enemy, from the hands of all our oppressors, love that he shows towards our fathers, memory of his holy covenant, oath sworn to our father Abraham to make us fearless » (Lk 1:68-73)

As he waited for the day of his mission, the child grew and his mind was strengthened.  He went to live in the desert until the day he made himself known to Israel. »

What to say and what to do in front of this biblical account ? Let us recognize that our lives have no meaning if we do not seek to live according to God’s promises of salvation and protection. Let us welcome and live Jesus’ promises in hope and trust: it is a teaching received and transmitted by the Church, the mystical body of the Savior himself.

Lord, grant me the grace of fidelity to every test: you promised that you would give eternal life with you to all the people who will remain faithful until your return. May your Holy Spirit give me to live faithfully with the strength and wisdom of the truths of faith on which my whole life rests and will rest.

External links to other sites

◊ Wikipedia : click here to see → Beheading of John the Baptist

I want the head of the Baptist – Salome

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Je veux que, tout de suite, tu me donnes sur un plat la tête de Jean le Baptiste

Posté par diaconos le 29 août 2019

Jeudi 29 août 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                          Je veux que, tout de suite, tu me donnes sur un plat la tête de Jean le Baptiste

Je veux que, tout de suite, tu me donnes sur un plat la tête de Jean le Baptiste.png 220De l’Évangile de Jésus Christ selon saint Marc

          En ce temps-là, Hérode avait donné l’ordre d’arrêter Jean le Baptiste et de l’enchaîner  à la forteresse de Machéronte, à cause d’Hérodiade, la femme de son frère  Philippe, que lui-même avait prise pour épouse.   En effet, Jean lui disait : «Tu n’as pas le droit de prendre la femme de ton frère.» Hérodiade en voulait donc à Jean, et elle cherchait à le faire mourir.

Mais elle n’y arrivait pas parce que Hérode avait peur de Jean : il savait que c’était un homme juste et saint, et il le protégeait ; quand il l’avait entendu, il était très embarrassé ; cependant il l’écoutait avec plaisir. Or, une occasion favorable se présenta quand, le jour de son anniversaire, Hérode fit un dîner pour ses dignitaires, pour les chefs de l’armée et pour les notables de la Galilée.

La fille d’Hérodiade fit son entrée et dansa. Elle plut à Hérode et à ses convives. Le roi dit à la jeune fille :  «Demande-moi ce que tu veux, et je te le donnerai.» Et il lui fit ce serment : « Tout ce que tu me demanderas, je te le donnerai, même si c’est la moitié de mon royaume.» Elle sortit alors pour dire à sa mère : « Qu’est-ce que je vais demander ?»

Hérodiade répondit : «La tête de Jean, celui qui baptise.» Aussitôt la jeune fille s’empressa de retourner auprès du roi, et lui fit cette demande : «Je veux que, tout de suite, tu me donnes sur un plat la tête de Jean le Baptiste.»

Le roi fut vivement contrarié ; mais à cause du serment et des convives, il ne voulut pas lui opposer un refus. Aussitôt il envoya un garde avec l’ordre d’apporter la tête de Jean. Le garde s’en alla décapiter Jean dans la prison. Il apporta la tête sur un plat, la donna à la jeune fille, et la jeune fille la donna à sa mère.

Ayant appris cela, les disciples de Jean vinrent prendre son )corps et le déposèrent dans un tombeau. (Mc 6, 17, 29)


 Hérode Antipas II (24 av. J.C.- 39 ap. J.C.) L’Évangile de Marc (Mc 6, 18) retient un de ces arguments qui rendirent les gens très exaltés en l’entendant parler. Il disait à Hérode Antipas : «Il ne t’est pas permis d’avoir la femme de ton frère (Mc 6, 19)», marquant ainsi son opposition au mariage avec Hérodiade. Cette union choqua en raison de l’interdiction légale du mariage avec la femme de son frère (Lév. 18, 16; 20, 21), que Jean-Baptiste rappela sans ménagement. Selon les évangiles synoptiques, c’est à la suite de ces admonestations de Jean Baptiste qu’Antipas le fit jeter en prison.

 C’est à cause d’Hérodiade qu’il mit Jean en prison. Il exécuta Jean contre sa volonté à cause du serment et des convives. Jean-Baptiste, enchaîné dans une prison, impuissant, dont la prédication  guida tant de pécheurs à la conversion, ne tira d’Hérode qu’un sourire. Mais lui, était libre. Il resta fidèle à sa mission et rien ne put l’arrêter. Même lorsque Antipas l’emprisonna, même s’il n’y eut plus personne pour l’écouter, même s’il ne se fit que des ennemis et des mécontents, même s’il fut oublié… il ne cessa de prêcher la vérité.

Dans son martyre, Jean Baptiste s’identifia à Jésus qui cria sur la croix : «Mon Dieu, mon Dieu, pourquoi m’as-tu abandonné ?» (Mc 15, 34). En pénétrant au sein de l’abandon et de la souffrance, il ne resta pas seul. Le Christ l’accompagna spirituellement. Amen

Michel Houyoux, diacre permanent

Note  l’historien Flavius Josèphe fut en  harmonie avec les évangiles.  Parmi les nombreux traits communs aux évangiles et à Josèphe, nous relevons :

  • le surnom de Jean: « Baptiste »
  • l’accent sur le baptême de Jean, élément unifiant au sein du peuple juif
  • le fait que Jean avait lui-même une excellente réputation sur le plan moral (« un homme de bien »)
  • l’influence considérable de Jean et sa popularité parmi les Juifs de son temps
  • l’autorité spirituelle de Jean
  • l’emprisonnement puis l’exécution de Jean par Hérode Antipas
  • la composante éthique du message de Jean et son insistance sur la piété


◊ Catéchèse : cliquez ici pour lire l’article →  Son nom est Jean

◊ Accueil sur mon blog  : cliquez ici pour lire l’article →  Saint Jean-Baptiste

Liens externes

 -Histoire des Gaules : cliquez ici pour lire l’article → Flavius Josèphe : œuvre complète  (table des matières)
◊  Église piège  : cliquez ici pour lire l’article →  Je veux la tête de Jean

Mort de Jean Baptiste

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