A reading according to the holy Gospel Luke 9:7-9
Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, “John has been raised from the dead”; others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”; still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.
REFLECTION: Who then is this about whom I hear such things?
Everything about Jesus causes many to pause and take a look at Him. Jesus performed many miracles and His teachings were impressive. The lowly people were spreading the news about Jesus and King Herod, who had beheaded John the Baptist, was perplexed at all he heard. This most likely was because he still carried a great deal of guilt about what he had done to John the Baptist. And now King Herod thinks that he has risen from the grave.
We don't have to be like King Herod--confused, frustrated, perplexed, stressed or anxious. We can be at peace, happy and joyful by following Jesus and obeying Him. So many good priests have shown me more and more about Jesus. My knowledge and love for Jesus is growing daily. So we, too, must keep trying to see Jesus but not because we want to justify our past or because of curiosity but because we want to accept and invite Jesus as Lord of our lives and someone we want to serve.