Matthew 14:10-13 NIV
[Herod] had John beheaded in the prison.  His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.  John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.  When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place…
In a chapter full amazing miracles (feeding the 5000 & walking on water), we could be forgiven for seeing Jesus as an all-powerful superhero, immune, invulnerable …but not one of us. But this short passage paints a different picture, with Jesus withdrawing after hearing news of John’s death. His distress and desire to be alone is very human, something we can all relate to.
Jesus, thank you that out of love you entered our lives, becoming fully one of us and standing with us in our joys and sorrows.