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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Jan. 17

Bishop’s Reflections

January 16, 2021

Each week, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Jan. 17

The readings today invite us to come closer in our relationship with God.

In the first reading from 1 Samuel, young Samuel is called several times by name. At first, Samuel believes that it is his mentor, Eli, who is calling him. But in the end, with Eli’s guidance, Samuel realizes that God is calling him by name. Samuel’s response is profound, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” This was the beginning of a deep relationship between Samuel and God.

In the Gospel, it is John the Baptist who points out the presence of Jesus to Andrew and his unnamed companion. They are intrigued by Jesus and they begin to tag along. When Jesus notices their presence he asks a question that we all must answer, “What are you looking for?”

What are we looking for? Is it power, fame, fortune, honor? If we are honest about it, we know that nothing of this world will ever satisfy us. So, every time we go looking for something better, it is really a search for that which will ultimately fulfill us. Our search, in the end, is always for God.

Jesus is the way to what we long for. In fact, he is what we long for.

Just as he said to those two searching men, he says to us, “Come and you will see.”

Andrew and his companion went and stayed with Jesus. They experienced his love for them. And they became his disciples. Andrew, once he had experienced Jesus, told his brother Peter, “We have found the Messiah.” And Peter went to Jesus, and “Jesus looked at him.” What did Peter see in the eyes of Jesus? He saw the mystery of God.

We must also stay with Jesus. We must learn from our relationship with him. We must become his disciples too. And then we must also lead others to Jesus so that they can find what we have found — the Lord — who accompanies us on our search for that which satisfies: God himself.

Today, hear the voice of God calling you by name. Then, let Jesus look at you with eyes that show the face of God to you.

Have a blessed week everyone.

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