“And he kept trying to see him.” The ravaged conscience of Herod the Madman was apparently no match for the bright celestial light emanating from Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You see, the insane and inane king thought he had calmed his evil heart by beheading John the Baptist, but that was not going to happen. “John, I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” This is why it is of tantamount importance to remain in a state of grace and always in deep spiritual and prayerful communication with the Lord. We must be persistent in this way because eventually, our own heart will not rest until it rests with Jesus.
“What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun?” The First Reading substantiates this thought and direction by reminding us that all things will pass, and the vain and proud things we attempted to accomplish will amount to nothing in the greater scheme of things. What we need today and every day we are allowed to breathe is wisdom. Persistence and trust in God during the course of our spiritual lives will yield eternal benefits and help form us into true, loving people. We must never give up or surrender. The price is too great and awesome.
“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” Albert Ellis