Gospel of Luke 9:7-9 Reflection:
Poor old Herod finds himself baffled by who Jesus is. Having beheaded John the Baptist he thought all his problems were over; he had gotten the thing out of his life that he thought was causing the problem, now this Jesus was coming along and disturbing his peace and quiet again.
We all do the same thing: I would be happy if only I had a better wife or job, I would be happy if that God person in my conscience didn’t keep hounding me. With people, we are always trying to fix things to suit us, not change ourselves to accept God’s law. Changing ourselves to suit God implies effort and giving up what we think is going to make us happy.
Herod had John killed because John preached against his relationship with his brother’s wife. But God does not go away because someone is killed. In his conscience, Herod was still ill at ease, his sin was catching up on him.
We do the same thing so much in our own lives; we think getting rid of a friend who tells us the truth will ease our conscience and then find out that it does not work like that. God is very persistent, never leaving us alone til we face the real question, and the real question for us is, are we serious about obeying God’s law or do we want Christianity on our own terms?
These questions are so imbedded in us that we find them hard to answer truthfully. That’s why Herod’s story resonates with each of us; our conscience is always pricking us, even when we think we have got rid of the problem.