Thursday of the Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time/ September 24, 2020
Gospel: Luke 9:7-9
Friends, in today’s Gospel Herod the Tetrarch was greatly perplexed hearing all about what was happening because some were saying John the Baptist, whom he had beheaded has been raised from the dead, and others were saying, ‘It was Elijah and still others one of the prophets has arisen! For this he kept trying to see him.
Herod was kept on trying to see Jesus, not because he believed in Him, but because he wants to confirm if it is really ‘John the Baptist’ whom he beheaded has been raised from the dead. His conscience really is disturbing him. He could not have peace because of what he had done to John. He was guilty of beheading John, and his guilt is eating him alive!
Friends, the experience of Herod, is also happening to us. When we commit sin against the Lord and our brethren, our conscience is crying out for peace. It is gasping for fresh air to breathe for we are suffocated. It stirring and disturbing us so that we can change ways and go back to God.
Friends, what the Lord invites us today is to look into our inner selves. To see how are we now? How is my conscience? Am I listening to my conscience when it speaks? We remember always that our ‘conscience’ is the inner voice of God who tells us if we are already losing His path! We hope that we may able to listen to our conscience.
Abba, thank You for forgiving us our sins. Thank You for being our conscience. May we able to listen to You always. May we be able to come back when we are losing our way. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.