Here is today’s Gospel: ‘Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, 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 old prophets had risen. Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him’.
At the time of Jesus’ trial, he was brought before Herod: ‘When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length; but he made no answer’.
So, we must ask, what was the ground of Herod’s seeking? It would seem that all he wanted was a sign; there seems to be no movement towards conversion, to following the One he had sought for so long.
As we seek Jesus, is it in hope of an encounter with the One who knows us more deeply than we know our own souls? Only this will truly satisfy. May God bless you this day, as you seek Him with all your heart and soul.