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January 14, 2018 

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

In preparation for the Jewish Feast of the Passover, lambs were being herded from the countryside - to the Temple of Jerusalem. The lambs would be purchased by pilgrims, so that they could be slaughtered and offered in sacrifice at the Temple of Jerusalem.

 

The Passover was a Jewish feast commemorating the night when the Angel of Death passed over the houses of Jews, who were in bondage in Egypt. At the command of Moses, God directed that lambs be slaughtered in the evening twilight, and the blood of those lambs was to mark the homes of the Jews so that their homes would be spared from the plague of death which punished all of Egypt.

 

Our Gospel scene today, opens on the shores of the River Jordan. It is a noisy scene - as the herds of Passover lambs are being led through the district to the Temple in Jerusalem. John the Baptist walked out of the water after preaching a message of repentance and baptizing those who wished to be his followers.

 

As John looked toward the opposite shore, he hesitated for a moment as he caught sight of Jesus walking by Himself along the shore, and in a voice filled with excitement he shouted out to Andrew and another Apostle: “Look! There is the Lamb of God.”

 

Many years later as John wrote his Gospel, he recalled this event, because he was that “other disciple”.

 

We can easily picture John - an old man now living at Ephesus - sharing with his Christian community these very personal and precious memories of his first encounter with the Master – telling them: “This is the way it all began. This was the day when, for me, I discovered Him.”

 

John was re-living that moment he remembered so vividly. “It was just about four o’clock in the afternoon, and Andrew and I were standing by the Jordan River talking to John the Baptist. I saw Jesus walking alone along the shore and suddenly, he walked right into our lives.

 

“I remember like it was yesterday - how Andrew and I followed Him, and when He heard us, He stopped, turned around and spoke to us. It was so long ago, but I can still hear those words He spoke as though it was yesterday! ‘What are you looking for?’

 

“Rabbi, where are you staying? ‘Come and see,’ Jesus said; it just wasn’t those words I remember – it was His welcoming smile. And He lead the way for us and opened the door of His life to us; and we were there with Him.”

 

Andrew and John were the first to be called as His disciples - the first to be welcomed into the companionship of Christ, “come and see.”

 

Andrew ran to get his brother Peter, and told him that he had discovered the one they longed for. The three – Andrew, John and Peter – accepted the invitation to “come and see” to be with the Lord, and experience the power of His presence and they stayed with Him.

 

They accepted the invitation – the welcome. That’s the way it happened to them; and that’s the way it happens to us now.

 

“Come and see.” That’s not just an invitation meant only for those first disciples – it’s a call - a welcome meant for you and for me as well. If we really believe that Jesus lives, and that He is truly our Savior and Lord, then we must also believe that He is even now calling and inviting us - to be with Him – to abide with Him.

 

Along with Andrew, John and Peter, we need to accept the invitation of companionship with Christ and simply be with Him. It is not enough to experience God in prayer, or people or in ministry, we need to experience Him; we need to be converted to Him – turning our lives over to Him – we need to be in friendship with Him and remain in His company.

 

Those first disciples – Andrew, Peter and John show us the vocation we share with them. Those first hours with Jesus transformed them from seekers to discoverers. Jesus asks us: “What are you looking for when you come to this basilica Sunday after Sunday?”  

 

Are you looking for solutions for your problems? Are you looking for an escape from your burdens and troubles? Are you looking for forgiveness from sins? Are you looking for peace? The answer to this fundamental question - can only be found in the Person of Jesus Christ. The question is: are you willing, able, and interested enough to follow Him, to go where Jesus leads you? Do you really want to stay with Him?

 

When we accept the invitation, we make the discovery that God is not in some mansion in the clouds ; rather, we see, realize, and understand that Jesus is abiding with us – as He promised that He would do. He is right here – in this tabernacle. Here in this basilica we find God.

 

 

 

 
St. Mary of the Assumption Basilica
Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption
A Parish Family for the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1838.
506 Fourth Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750-1901
(740) 373-3643    Email: info@stmarysmarietta.org