14 Jan 2018: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Reading 1: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19;  Reading 2: 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; Gospel: Jn 1:35-42

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ,

Human life is often compared to a journey.

The starting point is our birth.  And the destination is heaven.

The problem is that in the course of this journey we often forget the destination… or the destination does not look attractive enough.  So we go after other things.  We look here, we look there… we go after this and we go after that.

It is said that life is a journey, not a race.  But for many of us, life becomes not a race, but a rat race.  We run after this and that.  We do not know what we are looking for… we do not know where we are going.

Looking at us, through the readings of today, Jesus asks a question:  “What are you looking for?”

This is the same question he asked the two disciples who were following him.  But the disciples did not know what to answer … they did not know what they were looking for.  They were almost like us.  And the easiest way to escape when we don’t know the answer, when we honestly don’t know what to say, is to ask a counter question.  So the disciples asked a question: “Teacher, where do you live?”

And Jesus told them, “Come and see!”

What does it mean to “Come and see”?

Come and see means, come and see what I am doing.  Come and spend some time with me.  Come and see what I am looking for.  Come and see, from where I am drawing strength for my life.

And the disciples obeyed.

They went and spent time with Jesus.

They experienced Jesus.

And they realized that the answer to their quest was not an ideology, or a philosophy; the answer to their quest in life was not material things, but a person.

And they gave their life to that person.

They surrendered their life to that person.

And they were transformed.

And they became messengers of the experience they had lived through.

Today Jesus is looking at us and asking us the same question and addressing to us the same invitation.

“What are you looking for?”

“Come and see.”

Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to be sincere with you in answering the question, “What are you looking for?”  and give me the courage and strength to “Come and see.”  Amen.

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