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January 14, 2018: Second 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)


I have difficulty living in the present and being spontaneous in my life. Everything seems planned and orchestrated — even my daily prayer and reflection time. The thought of running into Jesus, asking him where he is staying and then just following along at his “Come and you will see” invitation doesn’t feel like something I would do. I would be much more likely to consult my memory or my calendar to see what was coming in the next hour and politely thank Him for the invitation, suggest that perhaps He could show me His place another time, smile, and go on my way.


What invitations are being offered by Jesus in my daily life? How can I make room for what is unplanned, unexpected, unknown in the week ahead?

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Alice Shelton

Providence Associate Alice Shelton lives in Indianapolis with her husband John. She is a graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and enjoys her work as director of business services at Marian University.

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1 Comment

  1. Nell Trainor on January 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks, Alice! Always appreciate your honesty and cut to the chase observations,especially this one. Miss you and think of you often❣️

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