Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Lent, Day 37: We played the flute for you and you did not dance.
Herod kept John safe from Herodias’ desire to have him killed. Herod, however, could not keep John safe from himself. He compromised himself and his values, such as they were, for his base appetite.
It is ironic that the ascetic is killed by the one who cannot deny himself. Or maybe it isn’t.
Lord, please teach me (o how I tremble as I ask this) to deny myself.