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Gospel Reflection for January 14

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

January 14, 2018 — Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
John 1:35-42
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist tells two of his disciples that Jesus is the “Lamb of God.” They follow Jesus and ask where he is staying. Jesus invites them to come and see, and they spend the rest of the day with him. One of them, Andrew, is so impressed that he introduces his brother Peter to Jesus, who calls Peter, “Rock,” the rock on which he will build his Church (Matthew 16:18).

But who is the other disciple who spent the day with Jesus? It’s John the Evangelist ... and it’s you! John usually doesn’t refer to himself by name, but as the “other disciple,” or “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” That’s because John sees himself as representing all true followers of Jesus. So when Jesus says to the beloved disciple on Calvary, “Behold your Mother,” he gives Mary to us as our Mother. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is inviting you to spend time with him.

We don’t know where Jesus was staying when he invited Andrew and John, but we do know where we can find him today. We find him at Mass. We find him in the tabernacle. We find him in quiet prayer.

You might say, “But those disciples could actually hear Jesus speaking to them.” So can we. All we have to do is listen to the Scriptures at Mass, or pick up the New Testament and read his words. Jesus is truly God, unlimited by space or time. What he said to the disciples two thousand years ago, he says to us today.

Time with Jesus can be as life-changing for us as it was for Andrew, John, and Peter. But Mass is the best time of all. Here we have Christ’s special invitation: “Do this in memory of me.” If we learn to understand Mass as a personal invitation from Jesus to spend time with him, the Mass will become what it should be, the high point of our week.

Jesus says to us today, “Come and see where I live. Join me at this meal.”  If we accept his invitation enthusiastically, we’ll warm his heart. And he will be our Way, Truth, and Life.

Read last week's reflection.