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Persecution Complex Mark 6:14-29

Persecution Complex

Those who speak for God must get used to the sight of their own blood.

At a Glance

Homiletics has never done any work on today's gospel text -- until now. Here it is, and it begins with the powerful story of Dorothy Stang, a nun martyred in the rainforests of Brazil. The material then goes on to discuss what happens when -- like Dorothy Stang and John the Baptist -- we speak truth to power.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle reading, see "The Gravity of Grace," July 13, 1997, at

We start with a story. Not a short illustration or anecdote, but a story.

We want to interest you in Dorothy.

At first look, 74-year-old nun Dorothy Stang didn't look like the typical kind of person who would have a contract out on her life. She was short with grandmotherly gray hair and glasses that slipped down her nose in the heat. She didn't carry a weapon. She read her Bible faithfully. She was known as "Sister Dorothy" or "Dot" to her many friends. No, Dorothy didn't look like the kind of person who would be a threat to anyone -- that is,...

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