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*Image: Jesus Before Herod by Schiavone (Andrea Meldolla), c. 1560 [Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy]

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, Aug. 11, 2022

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

There is a curious episode recounted only in Luke’s Gospel, in which Jesus is sent before Herod by Pontius Pilate. Herod Antipas was the same man who had John the Baptist arrested and beheaded. He was also the son of Herod the Great, who had ordered the slaughter of innocents and from whom the Holy Family fled to Egypt.

“Herod was glad to see Jesus; he had been wanting to see him for a long time, for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at length, but he gave him no answer.” …

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