Sundays Message

2nd SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME

 

“Samuel, Samuel!” (1 Samuel 3:3)

Young Samuel was not able to recognise God’s call. He needed the experience of Eli, who himself took a moment before he realised what was happening. Once he was helped to relate personally to God, “Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.” (1 Samuel 3:19)

The two disciples of John followed Jesus because John helped them to recognise who he was. “Look, there is the lamb of God.” (John 1:36)

Then they were able to take their journey further: “Rabbi, where do you live?” “Come and see.” (John 1:38-39) They had a personal experience of Jesus, a life-changing experience, as one of them even remembered the exact time: “It was about the tenth hour.” (John 1:39).

Once they have this personal experience, they can’t help sharing it with others. “Early next morning”, an expression of how eager Andrew was. Andrew was there, and told his brother Simon. He was even more explicit than John the Baptist: “We have found the Messiah.” And Simon’s life was forever changed - even to his name.

 

I cannot relate to Jesus all by myself. I need a community to introduce me and support me.

Once I meet Jesus, I myself will bring others to him.

“Rabbi, where do you live?” “Come and see.” (John 1:38-39)

 

Where do I find Jesus? In my family? In our church community?

 

If I invite people to come to church with me, will they find Jesus?

People who leave the Church are likely to give a reason that is some version of this one:  “I never met Jesus in a living way as a Catholic.”

 

Of course, many of us can say the opposite.

What can I do to make sure that those I love, my family, my friends, can experience Jesus’s presence in me, in my family, in our church community?

 

We meet Jesus with the help of one another.

Before leaving church today, would you say hello to someone who is new to you?

Would you do this every Sunday?


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