FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
JANUARY 17, 2021
Sunday – Week Two
WORD of the DAY
The next day John was there again 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 he 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 Anointed). 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). (John 1: 35-42)
How shall I live this Word?
This is one of the best known passages of John’s Gospel: the calling of the first disciples. The scene takes place between a play on glances and short phrases that touch the depths of the heart. “What are you looking for?” These are the first words of Jesus recorded by the evangelist John. It is the key question about the fundamental meaning of one’s existence that challenges humans of all time. It is the real question we must ask ourselves: what are we really looking for? What are we looking for from Him? What are we looking for from life itself? What are we looking for in our questions and concerns? What are we looking for when we fall in love with someone? What are we looking for when we prevent ourselves from really living? What do we expect from life and where do we place the center of it? The question of Jesus is a strong invitation to clarify to ourselves, leaving compromise, confusion or the obvious, what we are really looking for. We must allow ourselves to be questioned in depth by this question without fear and reticence, because it is not just any wise man, nor a psychologist, nor a moralist who asks it. What we are looking for is the Love-Person, the slaughtered and risen Lamb, the God made Man who gave Himself for us. It is essential to remember that this question of Jesus is preceded by a penetrating and loving gaze. Perceiving this gaze of His in faith is the premise for the response that is met and followed. The disciples begin their experience of following and friendship when they allow themselves to be challenged by this question and when they accept the answer, not as any explanation, but as an invitation to a concrete experience: “Come and see!” Jesus does not anticipate anything. He is in no hurry. He respects the maturation times of each. But He invites (“come”) and promises (“you will see”). He asks for trust.
Lord Jesus, today I desire to find time to be alone with You and to ask myself in a sincere way, what I am looking for. Help me to find the truth and to place all my trust in You.
The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily 4/24/14
The joy of the encounter with Jesus Christ, the one we are so scared to accept, is contagious and cries out the proclamation, and there the Church grows.
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