Thursday 24 September 2020

About Today Readings

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge – Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14, 17. Luke 9:7-9.

Learn to see the truth before you

If one were to translate the words of Herod in today’s Gospel to today’s parlance, the term ‘Fake news’ might be considered an appropriate one.

The reading finds Herod becoming perplexed by strange news of happenings in the Kingdom – of John being raised from the dead, of Elijah or an ancient prophet appearing. The reading ends with the words, ‘and he kept trying to see him’.

In the figure of Herod, we see a leader who is disconnected from his people, one whose arrogance and narrow mindedness prevents him from seeing the truth that’s before him.

Even today, Jesus is not accessible to those who only seek to find him from on high. Only by humbling ourselves, only by going among those on the margins of society, only by building relationships with the outcasts, will we be able to ‘see’ Jesus.

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