January 14, 2018
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 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.
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
Those very words of Jesus in the Gospel seemingly tell us that there’s more to life than what we can see; that there is something better beyond the life that we have now, the life to be in God’s dwelling.
This phrase is commonly used for vocation promotion to attract those who are still searching for the real vocation that God has planned in their lives. It is very timely that our country is celebrating the year of the clergy and consecrated persons part of our preparation for the 500 years of Christianity in our country.
Looking back at my search-in days here at Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, the tagline used by the seminary for the vocation promotion was “Come and See”, which really captivated me to pursue what I have started. Indeed, we cannot say that we have already found what we are looking for unless we responded to the invitation to come and see with purified intentions of our hearts to our vocation. I can say that my response strengthened I joined the search-in because God showed me His goodness. In all the goodness that God showed me as I continue to respond to His invitation to dwell in Him and see the big miracles that happened in my life, all I can do is to offer this by giving my everything as an offering to Him. As I strive to be like Jesus, my everyday prayer is to continue my life following Him by increasing my faith and to love more my neighbor and God.
In our lives, we may face good or bad things but let us all remember that we were the reason why Jesus gave His life, to suffer because of love and giving His everything to save us. The salvific act of Jesus may give us the courage to fight for our lives, to be a better person, but is that really enough? In return, what would be the best offering that we can give Him? Brothers and sisters, let us open our hearts and eyes to see the real meaning of Christ’s invitation; “Come, and you will see.”