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Luke 9:7-9

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Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. Herod said, "John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?" And he tried to see him.

Luke 9:7-9
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    • It seemed to Herod that his use of force would silence John the Baptist. Like every bullying person and nation, he learnt that truth is not so easily kept at bay. When conscience brings past wrongdoings to mind, it may not be to torment, but so that God may lead me to truth and light.
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    • ‘Who is this Jesus?’ In the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Herod says: ‘You are the Christ, the great Jesus Christ. Prove to me that you’re no fool; walk across my swimming pool’. But Jesus is not a showman, and I must not demand miracles and outward signs from him. His work for us goes on in the depth of our hearts.
    • Jesus, you are the gracious gift of the Father, dwelling among us. You bring us into God’s friendship. Thus you touch us at the deepest core of our being. ‘In him I have found the heart of a king, the heart of a friend, the heart of a brother’ (St. Richard)
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    • Herod has beheaded John the Baptist; but now Jesus is on the scene and is making headlines. Herod is perplexed and anxious. He tries to see Jesus, but more from fear and bad conscience than from genuine desire. A true disciple has a faith-filled desire to know Jesus and to grow in an ever-deepening relationship with him.
    • Lord, faith is a pre-requisite for sight. Only by truly accepting you and embracing your way can I hope to see you. Lord, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more closely, day by day.
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    • Herod appears as the politician with an eye to publicity, who does not want to miss out on contact with somebody who is making news. Jesus was talked about, so Herod had to see him. See him, with the eye of a curious spectator, but not involve himself. Remember Karl Barth: /To understand the scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators/. God's word demands that we engage our lives with him.
    • Somehow Herod wanted to see Jesus. He would try a few times in the course of the public ministry of Jesus. Was it to argue? Listen? Get rid of him? Maybe a mixture,. But certainly the last. In prayer we want to 'see' Jesus; to know what he is like, to know the love he gathers around him, and to be changed by him. Seeing Jesus means being willing to live forever with what we 'see'.