St. John spent most of his life in the wilderness and became the model of many anchorites who later served God in the same manner. Appearing on the banks of the Jordan, he was a preacher of penance and the precursor of Jesus Christ. He became the “voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” He baptized our Lord and called him the Lamb of God. When Herod Antipas married Herodias, the wife of his brother, St. John boldly denounced the adulterous and incestuous marriage. He was thrown into prison. Herodias wanted revenge. When her daughter, Salome, danced for Herod he was so pleased that he told her she could have anything. Her mother told her to ask for St. John’s head. Herod could not refuse after all heard his promise, and an officer was sent to behead St. John. His head was given to Salome on a silver platter.
FEAST DAY: August 29