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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

 

1 Jn 3: 7-10

Ps 98: 1. 7-8. 9

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God."


The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus 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?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.


It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah," which is translated Christ.  Then 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.

 


I Have Found the Messiah

 

 

Today’s Gospel gives us a deeper meaning to our understanding of evangelization.  Through the words of the Baptist, the two disciples are moved by grace to approach the Lord. John's testimony is an example of the special graces God distributes to attract people to Him. Sometimes He addresses a person directly by stirring his soul and inviting him to follow Him; at other times, as in the present case, He chooses to use someone close to us who knows us, to bring us to meet Christ.

 

 

The two disciples already had a keen desire to see the Messiah; John's words move them to try to follow our Lord: it is not merely natural curiosity but Christ's personality which attracts them. They want to get to know Him, to be taught by Him and to enjoy His company. Christian faith can never be just a matter of intellectual curiosity; it affects one's whole life: a person cannot understand it unless he really lives it; therefore, our Lord does not at this point tell them in detail about His way of life; He invites them to spend the day with Him. St Thomas Aquinas comments on this passage saying that our Lord speaks in a lofty, mystical way because what God is (in Himself or in grace) can only be understood through experience: words cannot describe it.

 

 

The starting point of discipleship is a two way process of dialogue between the disciple and the master. The divine and human dialogue completely changed the life of John and Andrew, and Peter and James and so many others. It prepared their hearts to listen to the authoritative teaching which Jesus gave them beside the Sea of Galilee.  The one who has seen and experienced the Master cannot sit still; he goes and spread the news to others. Andrew goes to tell his brother Simon right away. When he meets Simon, he simply says, “I have found the Messiah.” Simon encounters Jesus and becomes Peter. It was like that from the beginning of the early church; who ever experienced Jesus as the Lord goes and shares the feeling with others. That is why the Gospel is called Good News. The experience of Jesus becomes the point of one’s redemption.  These days we sometimes forget this aspect of Christian living. We are all missionaries by nature of our Christian faith. We are bound to share our experience of the Lord with others.

 

 

Fr. Justin Akkara CMI

 


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