The Beheading of John the Baptist
This is the type of story we read about in the papers every day; power, lust and revenge. Herod had married Herodias, who had been his brother's Philips wife.
This was against Jewish law and John spoke out and said so. Herod had him thrown in prison and then beheaded. We all know about the dance of Salome and how she asked for the Baptist's head on a plate, "now."
Lust and passion get us into so much bother. Human nature is weak and we will sometimes do anything to get our way. The harshness of it all seems so abhorrent to us and yet it goes on every day in our world.
The cutting off of the head of John can symbolize that moment when we cut off our hearts from our conscience and decide to do what we want whether or not it offends God, causes harm to our family or causes grief for society. We all have moments when we cut off our conscience but thankfully we all have moments of repentance.