Haggai 1:1-8 / Luke 9:7-9
Herod can be called a typical half-believer, someone who believes that there is a God, yet he was more concerned about himself, his comfort, his curiosity, and whatever that can gain him some advantage.
He wanted to see Jesus because of the curious and sensational reports that he heard about Jesus, and maybe also to see Jesus work something spectacular for him to see.
Well, Herod eventually got to see Jesus, but yet for all his curiosity to see Jesus, he didn't get anywhere closer to Jesus.
He got so near to Jesus, yet was so far away, and he ended up gaining nothing.
Similarly for the people in the 1st reading. They were anxious about their own lives and how to live comfortably.
But as the prophet Haggai told them: Reflect carefully how things have gone for you.
They were anxious about themselves, their own comfort and their own houses, yet there was no anxiety and concern for the Lord's house, the Temple, which was still under construction and far from completion.
We to have to reflect carefully about our lives and then we will see the truth of things.
Indeed, we need not be too anxious and worry and over-concerned about our lives or about our comfort.
Let us seek the kingdom of God first, and whatever we need will be given unto us.
Let us be more concerned about the Temple of God in our hearts, and may God be glorified in our lives.