January 15, 2012: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 Jesus 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. (John 1:35-42)
Can you imagine turning around and seeing Jesus? And then saying to him, “Where are you staying?” And then, hearing Him say, “Come, and you will see.” What if Jesus had said that to you? Would you go? Well, he is saying that to you, every day. “Come with me,” he says. “I have something that I want you to know, and that is that my love for you is SO BIG that it reaches from heaven to earth. Simon Peter was a special friend of mine when I was on earth, and you are a special friend of mine now. So I hope we will always talk and visit with one another. And remember, I’m always here if you need me.”
During the coming week, imagine Jesus talking with you, and you talking with Him about the things you are doing: in school, at home, in the playground, at church, maybe at the store. He is always interested in everything you do and wants to know how you feel about it. So perhaps you can make it a special intention to remember to tell him all about these things–maybe at night when you are just falling off to sleep–and then listen to what he has to say to you. After that you can say, “Goodnight, Jesus,” and off you go to dreamland.