4 January 2018. Weekday of Christmas Season
Reflection (Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan)
We saw in the Gospel that John and his two disciples were standing and saw Jesus walking by. John points to Jesus and said, “There is the Lamb of God”. The two disciples heard him and followed Jesus. This is a beautiful picture of calling and following. The Gospel reminds me of my own “Yes” to the call of Jesus. I could never forget that moment in the live in seminar when we were asked of our decision whether to enter the seminary and continue or defer the call. Saying my own personal decision, a decision that can change my whole life was a very difficult one. Saying “yes” to the call was very hard. I felt nervous and my heart was beating fast. I could not explain the feeling during that time.
The Gospel brings me back to that moment of following Jesus’ call into my life. Like the two disciples, when they saw Jesus and having experienced Him, they followed Him persistently. Jesus is saying, “come and see”. I was invited to come with an open heart and allow my eyes to see His unconditional love. This was His constant invitation to me as I follow Him through this vocation. This invitation of Jesus is presented to us; a manifestation of the goodness of God. If we are longing for God, God is always waiting for us to follow Him, just turn to Him with open eyes and an open heart.
The Gospel Today
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 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 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.