St Pius of Pietrelcina | Thursday 23 September 2021
Today is Thursday the 23 September, the feast of St Pius of Pietrelcina, Padre Pio, in the 25th week of Ordinary time.
The nuns of Mary, Queen of Apostles, sing the hymn Jesu dulcis mermoria.Sweet is the very thought of Jesus;giving true joy to the heart.But sweeter than the sweetest honey, is his very Presence.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke.
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.
“Herod the ruler”: do you find a shiver going down your spine when you hear that name? All the members of that family (and this is the son of the appalling Herod the Great) are “mad and bad and dangerous to know”. But Herod is interested in Jesus: “he was perplexed”. Do you sometimes feel perplexed by Jesus?
Some people thought that Jesus might be John the Baptist, raised from the dead, or Elijah (who did not die but was taken up into heaven), or a prophet. Was he any of these things, in fact? What do you think is the best way of describing Jesus?
Now listen as the passage is read to you again, notice that Herod “tried to see him”; then ask, “why did Herod try to see Jesus? What was he looking for in him? What are you looking for in Jesus?”
Finally, see if you can gather up the feelings that are stirring within you, and turn them into a prayer to Jesus.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.