Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 29 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31
A reflection on today's Scripture:
There were actually a number of different men referred to in the gospels as Herod, and in today's gospel the Herod we hear about was Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great and the Herod who was a contemporary of Pilate and had a hand in Jesus' condemnation and crucifixion. Luke tells us today that Herod Antipas wanted Jesus killed which begs the question as to why.
Antipas was responsible for the imprisonment and death of John the Baptist who was very critical of Antipas' marriage to his sister-in-law Herodias. Both Herod and Herodias had divorced so that they could marry each other and were in clear violation of the Mosaic Law. John's severe criticism of Antipas and Herodias no doubt led to his execution, even though both Mark and Luke indicate Antipas was reluctant to have John killed. As documented by Matthew and Mark in their gospels, when Antipas began to learn about Jesus and His ministry he thought that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead. This may have caused Antipas some concern as Luke reports in his gospel that we hear today.
Perhaps Herod Antipas had one of the most significant roles (if not the most significant role) in the life of Christ and the early church. His apparently contradictory actions (he feared John the Baptist but executed him and he had wanted to meet Jesus but apparently plotted to kill Him, then mocked Him before sending Him back to Pilate) created the church's first martyr and led directly to Jesus' crucifixion.
~ Don Claunch, SFO
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
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