The Cost of Following

“Why me God” seems to be a trending phrase with those who “seek” something outside themselves when they are in the midst of crisis. If Christ had come to make things right, why am I in this hospital room with my child? Why am I struggling financially, even when I am doing the “right” thing? Why is there still homelessness, aids, cancer, wars and famine? Wasn’t “The Christ” supposed to make everything right? Here was John, in prison, for doing God’s work if you recall. And John was no dummy. He had heard rumours that his life was not going to go the way he or any of us plan. John would not see the “fruit of his labour,” as it were, and retire in a small cottage on the lake. His disciples, who were still granted permission to see him, would come and visit him in prison, we expect with updates and word on the street. “Herod Anitpas is angry,” they would say. He’s getting pressure from the alt-right – who are murmuring that this John guy has to go. Even those closest to Herod, like his step daughter Salome knew her own power and could ask anything of Daddy. So when she asked for John’s head on the platter, Herod delivered. And it was with that John’s life came to a tragic end. So again John’s question to Jesus shouldn’t surprise us…