From a homily by Bishop Jovan (Puric) on the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, tomorrow’s feast:
“There mustn’t be much talking today. Fear and trembling penetrates us before the image of St. John. How and with what words and mouth are we to express our gratitude to St. John, not to mention in the presence of his Right hand kept in this holy place (kept at Monastery Cetinje in Montenegro)? His example obliges us to our own example and our own lives.
“The strictness of his life was out of his love of Him whom he was awaiting. And we pray to him that he teach us how to take on the spiritual struggle (podvig), and to know what podvig will be unto our salvation. That we not rush to exalt ourselves but that we be humble and patient. We pray on this day, for as the day of His Coming approaches everything will be more frightening and terrible. That is what today’s feast tells us.
“He who spoke the truth also suffered for it. Every Christian should be prepared for that suffering.”