Be Level or Be Leveled
Today’s readings highlight the danger of being a prophetic voice in the world. Amos warns Israel of God’s impending judgment and is ordered out of the country. John the Baptist denounces the intrigues of Herod’s court and winds up beheaded. We know Jesus criticized the religious leaders of his day, demanded righteousness and justice for all people. He was put to death, too—as if the grave would silence him! Now, we are called to follow: to be baptized and take a stand. It is our inheritance, as Paul says, and our destiny.