January 11th 2015
Gospel Reflection for the Second Ordinary Time – Year B – January 18th 2015
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
Very often Jesus passed by! In the gospel today he passes by John and two disciples. When the two followed after him, then he turned round and the friendship started. Something about Jesus – what they had heard of him, or the grace flowing from him, got them moving. Only then did he connect with them.
Jesus never forced himself on people. His way of invitation was by attraction, not by threat or by high preaching. He noticed people, he noticed their needs, he had time for them, and most of all he had compassion.
At the centre of Jesus’ life is a living heart: the heart that reaches out to all to draw us all into the love of the Trinity. We are never neglected nor ignored by Jesus Christ.
And the end of the day with Jesus, Andrew got his brother Peter; and whatever Jesus saw in Peter, he gave him a new name.
This is the beginning of the community of disciples we now call the church. It began with simple attraction and connections, so much that people left a lot to follow him.
Donal Neary SJ