2 Kings 13-15; Acts 12

Acts 12:1-2 About that time King Herod laid hands upon some members of the church to harm them.  He had James the brother of John, killed by the sword…

There is a remarkable painting in the cathedral of Malaga, Spain that I assume is of the execution of James.  A man is chained to a pillar, just having been beheaded, with what appears to be the Sanhedrin observing, and a Roman cohort approaching in the distance.  The head’s is glowing with the eyes open and focused on Heaven, while the august Jews in attendance are soiling themselves and generally freaking out.  I have not been able to find corroboration that this actually happened, but it would have been cool if it did.  And if it did, it was probably never a candidate for a Jewish holiday, although maybe a Catholic one.  I for one – halfway through my second beer – would be ready to celebrate the Feast of the Glowing Head.  St. James, forgive me my goober-ness, and pray for the Church wherever it is persecuted, amen.

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