This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org.
“The king…had John beheaded in the prison” (Matthew 14:9-10).
Reflection: St. John the Baptizer, who leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb, preach a message of repentance to those in power. He told King Herod that it was wrong for him to have his brother’s wife, and was killed as a result. John is an example for us to speak the truth boldly. Being a prophet is not primarily about telling the future, but about telling the present – pointing out what God says about what is happening now.
Prayer: Saint John the Baptizer, pray that we may boldly proclaim the right to life for all people. Amen.