Gospel: Jn 1:35-42
On the following day, John was standing there again, with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and said, “There is the Lamb of God.” On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. He
turned and saw them following, and he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They answered, “Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?” Jesus said, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he stayed, and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John had said, and followed Jesus. Early the next morning, he found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means the Christ), and he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas” (which means Rock).
Read: Eli helps Samuel to discern God’s call and respond. Paul reminds Corinthians and us that all of us are called to be temples of the Holy Spirit. John presents the call of the first disciples of Jesus.
Reflect: Call and Response is the theme for this Sunday. Samuel is called; first disciples are called; Paul reminds us of our call. In all these, there is a “third person” who helps the ones called to discern the call and respond – Eli, John the Baptist, Andrew, Paul. Not every call comes from God. It takes an experienced elder — someone who has gone and seen where God lives — to help us discern the voice of God in the din of everyday life. Do you have such a third person in your life, who can help you discern God’s little whispers? If yes, you are blessed. If no, do not wait longer. Go and find one. And if you have gone and seen, be one to someone else.
Pray: Lord, help me come and see where you live and, in turn, guide others to do the same.
Act: Talk to your spiritual director today. If you do not have one, begin your search today.
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