Mark 6:27-29

27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

As you look at this icon, reflect on martyrdom. People around the world are still being killed for the faith. John the Baptist was beheaded for his preaching and witness against the sins of Herod and his family. We often think about what we are willing to kill for; that is the conversation that takes place around guns, self-defense, and the military. But what we willing to die for?