Today’s first reading comes from St Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, the oldest of his letters. Even way back then, people were tempted to be people-pleasers. There is only one person we need please: Jesus. Today we celebrate John the Baptist’s passion. He was a Jesus-pleaser. He baptized the author of Baptism. I’m sure people talked about him mercilessly. Who does he think he is? But St John the Baptist became a saint because he pleased Jesus, no matter what people said to him, what they said about him, what they did to him, and it didn’t even matter when the chopped his head off. He was a Jesus pleaser to the end. May we be the same.