Gospel of Luke 9:7-9 Reflection:
Today we have one of those short gospels that reflect so much of what is happening in modern life that it is uncanny; Herod is confused about who Jesus is. Some people say that he is john the Baptist returned from the dead, others that he is Elijah, come as forerunner to the messiah.
Herod knows that he has put John to death but he is still confused. In his anxiety he wants to see Jesus.
How is this gospel relevant today?
Jesus still causes confusion. People cannot argue with either his teaching or his life. His teaching is perfect and his life is a perfect example of how to live it.
People can’t live up to his example and this makes them feel bad. But instead of trying to do better they turn on Jesus.
Some say he never existed, some say he is an ordinary person who has been elevated to this height by our imagination and others that he was a great man but only a man.
That’s the problem with Jesus, He causes confusion. The reason he causes confusion is that we are hard wired to understand and see God in things, but to experience this seeing of God we have to be willing to accept that God exists and to accept his authority in our lives.
That’s the big part, accepting the authority of God; if we can’t do this then Jesus can never make sense, so we do what mankind has always done, we rationalize Jesus out of existence, because if Jesus is not God then his whole life makes no sense.
But deep down every man, woman and child knows that Jesus is God, and while we want to do our own thing we can never admit this fact because admitting that Jesus is God means giving him authority in our lives.
And we could never do that, could we? We so much want to decide for ourselves what is right and what is wrong.