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January 17, 2021

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B

 

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42

 

I was a child when the celebration of the Mass was changed from Latin to English. And I think the reason I remember it so vividly is that the interior of the church where I grew up [St. Andrew] was remodeled to reflect the changes from the Second Vatican Council. This was especially noticeable in the sanctuary, where a large mosaic was installed where the back altar had been. This mosaic was entitled: “Call of St. Andrew.” And it had captions on it to let us know what the scene was all about. On the left was Andrew, speaking to Jesus, saying: “Master, where dwellest Thou?” On the right was Jesus saying: “Come and see.” This question and answer, in one way or another, probably happens in the souls of all Christian believers at one time or another. We search for meaning in our lives. We search for Jesus to give our lives meaning. Something at our deepest level inspires us to ask, to seek, to explore. Our Gospel today illustrates this reality with Andrew and Peter, who ask, but then who actually LISTEN to the response of Jesus. Because of this honest questioning and active listening, they end up following Jesus; they are transformed into committed believers, they become His apostles, and will be among the first to proclaim the Good News to the world. All this from paying attention to what Jesus said to them! During these cold, winter days it is good to remember how every day is an opportunity to meet Jesus in a new way, to hear Him ask [as He does in our Gospel]: “What are you looking for?” To ask Him in return: “Where dwellest Thou?” (Where are you staying?) And to hear Him answer: “Come and see.” It’s just a little conversation, only three lines long. But it is a conversation that can change our lives if we are really listening to what is said, and be ready to respond!