January 4, 2013

The Gospel Today

Memorial of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, Religious

Jn 1: 35-42


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.


Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho)

Finding something that we have long been searching for gives us great joy.  In our gospel today, the disciples acclaimed that they have found the Messiah.  The long wait is over and now that they found Him, they followed Him.

Life here in the seminary is full of searching and finding, the more I find Christ in every little encounter I have, the more I experience the longing to continually look for Him hoping that He will reveal Himself to me in a way that I can easily recognize and understand.   But there are also times that the longing and searching end with a feeling of emptiness despite the many manifestations He makes in my life.  There were instances that I felt out of sight of Him.  But one thing that made me continue my journey as a priest in process is the assurance that He will always be there for me.  My relationship with Him should not be measured by the way I feel but rather it should be based on how deep the relationship I had established with Him over the years.  The way He revealed Himself to me is a unique experience that only I and He could understand.  This is how special God reveals Himself to people.

Everyday, He invites me to spend a moment with Him.  Learning more about Him through the experiences I have and the people I meet but much more so in every silent moment I spend with Him.  It is only in silence that I learn more about Him.  It is in silence that I hear His affirmation and assurance that He will always be there for me.

Have you found the Messiah?  You might be looking somewhere far.  Try looking inside you, He might just be there waiting for you. . . .  May He grant the grace for you to find what you are searching for.

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