Today we hear the story of what happens to John the Baptist. A very wrong treatment for a ‘right” man. This comes as a consequence of deception, political power wrongly used, paranoid authority figures, sexual promiscuity, drunkenness and envy. Can our open-hearted, kind God ever have affection for people like that? … including us? May the knowledge of his love enable us to come to a place of repentance. Repentance that leads us to life.