Sunday, January 14
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” – which translated means Teacher -,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” – which is translated Christ -.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” – which is translated Peter.
As the major celebrations of the Birth of the Messiah have concluded, the Church now turns her attention to our enduring relationship with Jesus Christ.
The gospel of John sees Jesus gathering his disciples and asking them to remain with him and issues an invitation to “come and see,” not only where he is staying but how he lives and how much he wants them to be close to him. As John the Baptist calls him “the Lamb of God,” we know immediately that all of the promises of Old have been fulfilled in him and that a new era has dawned for the world.
What Jesus asks of them is no different than what he asks of us, namely to do the works he does, to speak with compassion as he does, to care for those who reach out to us for our assistance.
From now until Easter we are given a lesson each day to find ourselves drawn more closely to him, in thought, word, and deed.
Knowing that we too have found the Messiah, the Christ, will make all the difference as we journey with him.