Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.
I was really struck as I read through today's Gospel by the last phrase. The inference seems to be that even the wicked and those gone astray are drawn to the Gospel message. Obviously, all of us having been created by God, have within us a desire to draw near to Him. Even Herod who slaughtered the innocent babies and took his brother's wife, even if he didn't quite understand, still was drawn to the Gospel message.