January 14, 2018

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Green

1 Sm 3:3-10 • Ps 40 • 1 Cor 6:3-15, 17-20

Jn 1:35–42 • The First Disciples

35John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” 37The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi”—which translated means Teacher—, “where are you staying?” 39He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. 40Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. 41He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah”—which is translated Christ—42Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas”—which is translated Peter.


A Personal Encounter

Growing up in a Catholic family, I have always known Jesus as my Savior because my parents told me he is. I spent my childhood learning about this central truth, from school to our community, every day. I never fully understood how he became my Savior. Everyone told me he was, so I believed them without understanding why. I grew up and, eventually, started questioning my faith. I became open to the idea of agnosticism and even atheism. I felt the world was hurting me. I’ve experienced traumas and heartbreaks that a normal twelve-year-old shouldn’t have gone through, and it changed the way I felt         about God.

One day, I was invited to attend a Lenten retreat in Bataan. I wanted to have a peaceful and quiet environment, so I went there with my friends. Never had I imagined that Jesus would reveal himself to me on that day. We were recreating the scene where the prodigal son came back home to his father. As soon as the priest wrapped the cloak on my shoulders, put a ring on my finger and hugged me, my eyes saw a different face and felt God’s mercy on me. I met Jesus that day, and the encounter changed my life. 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reveals himself as the “Lamb of God,” as “Rabbi,” and as the “Messiah.” These identities were given to Jesus by John, Andrew, and Simon Peter who had personally encountered him. They followed him, stayed with him, and eventually found who they were looking for. 

Jesus reveals himself to us through different experiences. He invites us every time to meet him and be with him—“Come and you will see.” He shows himself to us in ways that we sometimes do not expect. He is much more than the character in the Bible we always hear from every Mass. Let’s make every encounter with Jesus more personal because only then can we truly know who he is in our lives and understand his will and what he intends for us in the future. 

–Denise Janelle Geraldizo

 

Truth

  1. Who were the disciples of John who followed Jesus?
  2. What were the disciples looking for?
  3. What did John the Baptist call Jesus?

Way

  1. What is the lesson that the Gospel today is teaching you?
  2. Have you met Jesus personally?
  3. Are you ready to follow Jesus and his ways? How?

Life

  1. On a piece of paper, describe the face of Jesus and how he looks like to you. Then describe your encounter with him. Afterward, share this to a partner. Do you have a similar image of Jesus? What are the similarities and differences? How does this affect your faith and day-to-day living? 
  2. Listen to any song that you love. Allow yourself to hear God’s voice in your heart through the song. How did you see God in the song? How did he speak to you through the song? Share this with the group.
  3. Try being more creative in meditating. It may seem unusual, but did you know that God can speak to us in all the ways you may think of: in studying, singing, reading, walking, playing games—even by not doing anything! It is up to us on how we will seek God, how we do things for the greater glory of God in many different ways.

 

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