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).
COME AND SEE
When Jesus invited his disciples by telling them: COME AND SEE, they left everything behind — father, boat, fish catch, work, etc — and followed him. We also hear similar invitations at different points of our life — from childhood to adolescence to youth to adulthood to midlife to old age. Sometimes we experience crisis at these transitions. Chinese calligraphy has the same character for “crisis” and for “opportunity”. So these crisis points are opportunities for growth and development — to perceive more challenges, to meet more impulses for transformation. There is a tendency to want to stay where one is and not to make the step ahead. We cling to what is familiar and have some fear of the unknown. But we will grow and develop to the extent that we leave our comfort zones. And as we experience both successes and failures, accomplishments and diminishment, if we learn from them, we will grow not only in age but in wisdom.
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