Innocent Blood

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More prophet talk for us today. In the first reading, the priests and prophets want Jeremiah put to death. But Jeremiah tells them, “If you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves.” In the Gospel, we read about more innocent blood, that of John the Baptist. Matthew recounts the story of his beheading at the hand of Herod.

Jeremiah managed to escape death this time. In the end, the people realized that he was indeed speaking in the name of the Lord. John the Baptist wasn’t so lucky. It reminds me about how often we “spill innocent blood.” Now, chances are you don’t actually draw blood from people through physical violence. But what about other forms of violence we cause to people?

When we gossip, spread rumors or even put words into people’s mouths, we, too, spill innocent blood. Today, let’s ask God to show us those times when we do violence to others, spilling innocent blood.

Father, forgive us for those times when we draw “innocent blood” from others. Help us to live out the Golden Rule, treating others as we would like to be treated. Amen.

Today’s Readings

P.S. Today is the 40th anniversary of the marriage of Gus and Michelle Lloyd. Please pray that we many continue to witness to the Lord and the sacrament of Matrimony. Thank you!


  • Dan & Diane Wellman: August 02, 2020

    Happy Anniversary Gus & Michelle! 40 years- what a beautiful testament to love & perseverance.

  • Clara Lerma: August 01, 2020

    Happy 40th wedding anniversary you two! May God continue to bless your marriage and many years to come.

  • Charlene Muniz: August 01, 2020

    Happy Anniversary! May God continue to bless you both!


  • Carl: August 01, 2020

    Happy Anniversary to you both! May you be Blessed with many more! 🙏

  • Yvonne: August 01, 2020

    May the Holy Spirit continue to Bless your holy union. May His gifts to you and your Bride aid you in your ministry to each other. May His Word resound from your lips and your life. Happy Anniversary.

  • Ruth: August 01, 2020

    A blessed and happy 40th anniversary Michelle & Gus!!!
    Thank you for all you do!!!

  • Dolores J Bove: August 01, 2020

    Dear Gus & Michelle,
    Wishing you both a very blessed, & happy Anniversary!! May God bless you both with many healthy and happy years to come!!
    We read your refections every morning faithfully!! We enjoy them very much!!!
    Bob & DeeBove
    p.s we have been blessed with 65 years of marriage this past April 30th!!

  • John Paloma: August 01, 2020

    Congratulations and God Bless!

    Thank you for all you do.

    Peace and Blessings to you and your family.


  • Pat and Ann K: August 01, 2020

    Happy anniversary Gus and Michelle! May God continue to bless you and your family!

  • Laraine Acquaviva: August 01, 2020

    Congratulations! Thank you for being committed to Christ and each other. Your daily readings have surely been a blessing. I appreciate your down to earth way of conveying the truth. Sincerely, Laraine A.

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