Posted by: frburke23 | September 21, 2011

Thought for Thursday, 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 9:7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”
And he kept trying to see him.


I am currently in Detroit for the National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors Conference.  Please pray for all of us who are in vocation ministry.  It is a wonderful group of men and women who gather together for prayer, workshops and unity in this challenging but rewarding work of vocations.

As we look at the Gospel for today, Herod is very intrigued by this Jesus.  He has heard many stories about Jesus and feels threatened.  But “he kept trying to see him”.

What can we learn from Herod?

1)     Jealousy gets us nowhere.  Herod was so concerned about anyone who threatened his power and prestige.  It was about defeating the competition for Herod.  For us as Christians, it should be about community and helping one another reach heaven, our ultimate goal.  Am I a jealous person?  Do I seek to be the best at the expense of others?  Or am I person who seeks the best for others (true love)?

2)    Herod kept searching for Jesus.  Although his intentions may not have been pure, Herod kept trying to see Jesus.  We too are called to seek Jesus today and always.  Do I seek the Lord in my daily activities – prayer, work, school, family, etc.?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke


  1. Welcome to Detroit Michigan! (Go TIGERS!!)

    Your all in my prayers.

    God Bless,

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