1 Samuel 3:B-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20
A Divine Invitation
As we journey into Ordinary Time, we focus on the call of the first disciples. In today’s gospel, John the Baptist points to Jesus as the Lamb of God. This revelation must have been intriguing to his disciples. Jesus asks these inquisitive men, “What are you looking for?” He knew they were searching for something in life — he sensed their intrigue and hunger. The disciples of the Baptist ask Jesus, “Where do you live?” In response Jesus invites them to “Come and see”. Little did these men know how this invitation would change their lives. Filled with excitement, the disciples lead Jesus to Simon. Jesus recognizes Simon’s strength and tells him that he will be called Peter — the rock! From this moment on Jesus leads the disciples deeper into the heart of God’s plan. It is interesting to note in the Gospel of John that the first thing Jesus says to his disciples is, “What are you looking for?” That is God’s question to us today. The first disciples response is, “Where do you live?” That is is the ultimate question a discerning Christian must ask to discover God’s presence in the midst of the world.
The other readings in today’s liturgy also speak of the calling given to people through time. We hear of Samuel’s call in the first reading and are reminded in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that we are called to be members of the body of Christ. God continues to issue the call to all of us. He calls us to know Him and respond to His call of love. If we are honest with ourselves, each of us hunger for God in our lives. This hunger leads us to look beyond the surface and search for meaning. The important questions to ask ourselves are, “What does God want from me? Where is God leading me?” The leaders of our Church constantly remind their people that faith is not an entirely personal thing. Our Catholic beliefs call for partnership in faith. We exist as a community and are asked to discern God’s will together and help build the kingdom of God. The mission of the Church is evangelization. Every member of the Church is challenged to make Jesus known in their own reality. Our baptism calls us to share in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly nature of Christ.
In concrete, answering Christ’s call means that we engage ourselves in priestly charity. We are asked to sacrifice our time and treasure in response to the needs around us. In order to be prophetic in modern times, we have to discern God’s will and see where He is present. We are reminded that we are the People of God and that our destiny is the kingdom of God. Our call therefore, can be found in a world of hunger — where people suffer every day for lack of food and shelter. It is found in the midst of conflict and division. We discover God’s call in our relationships and within the burning questions of faith. God is to be found in all people and in every situation. We are challenged to be Jesus’ disciples in the way that we respond to the invitation to “Come and See.”
Lord, may we dare to ask you where You are to be found in our lives. Give us the courage to answer Your call with confidence. As we discern your presence, may we find you in all people and all things. When faced with challenges, help us to recognize these challenges as opportunities for grace and let us listen to your language of love and transformation. May we always hunger for your call and bring the message of the gospel to the waiting world. Amen.
What are you looking for in life?
Where do you perceive the presence of God?
What is God asking of you?
In which way are you willing to make a difference in the life of another?
What is most challenging to you in leading a gospel way of life?
Are there any obstacles in your life that prevent you from following God’s will?
Would you consider yourself an active or passive disciple?
How could you make your discipleship more intentional?
Voices of Faith
Come and See
Out of all the possibilities – I am; I exist
I am chosen by God to be who I am
And rejoices in the fact that I am chosen
And loved into being
I am loved into life!
I am called to cherish that love.
Called to become – the invitation is ever present
To “Come and See”
The angry teenager who feels misunderstood
Asks me to “Come and See”
Those who have been abused physically, psychologically, and sexually
Are asking me to “Come and See”
From the drug abuser, the drunk, and the one living on the street
I am given the radical call to “Come and See”
The child lives in wonder and trust
Asking me into their little world to “Come and See”
It is in answering the invitation to “Come and See”
That I meet the Christ of faith;
The one who calls me every day
To know and love all those made in God’s likeness that come my way
I am called and chosen by Christ –
For without my hands, my heart-filled and loved-filled presence
Christ cannot be fully appreciated in the world
For it is through me, God’s vessel, that Christ’s love is to be made known
May I have the confidence to “Come and See”
May I not fear this radical call
Throughout my life I must give God my all
For God stands waiting in the guise of his poor
— “Peaceful Moments” by Fr. John J. Ludden
image: “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes” by Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons