The Beheading of John the Baptist

Today the Church remembers The Beheading of St John the Baptist.- John the Baptist is the only saint in the calendar (apart from St Joseph) who has two feasts to himself. One, in August, celebrates his death, and one, in June, celebrates his birth. And this is as it should be, for as Christ himself said, John was the greatest of the sons of men.
The greatest, but also the most tragic. A prophet

from before his birth, leaping in the womb to announce the coming of the incarnate God, his task was to proclaim the fulfillment of all prophecies – and thus his own obsolescence. And he did it: with unequalled courage he spread the news that he, the greatest of all men, was the least in the kingdom of heaven. His disciples, and the devil, would have preferred him to fight, to build his sect, to defeat this upstart whom he himself had baptized, to seize his place in history. But he did not – and so, rightly, he has his place, and he has glory in heaven.
 
Here is a short video of the Pope explaining exactly what this feast day is about:

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-explains-martyrdom-of-john-the-baptist-english-7566.html#.UD4lE0QyBcJ

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