Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Reflection Question: What are you looking for?
Imagine having to ability to talk to dogs and you meet an old greyhound that is living as a family pet, but was once a successful racing dog. He had won quite a bit of prize money for his owner, but one day, just up and quit. You ask him, “Why did you quit? Were you injured?” He responds, “No, I am still able to race.” “Were you mistreated?” “No, winning dogs are treated very well.” “Do you miss the excitement?” He replied, “No, I am very content with my current family,” as two young children were snuggling against him. The dog explained that he ran and ran, chasing a rabbit around a track for many years, only to find that the rabbit was not real. He could not continue to chase a fake rabbit.
I can empathize with this dog. Many things vie for my time and resources. How should I choose between them? I do not want to find myself chasing a fake rabbit. Our Gospel today provides some advice, listen to the direction of someone who recognizes the Lord, to learn what is real. John the Baptist directs Andrew and John to Jesus, saying “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two follow Jesus based on the Baptist’s testimony and Jesus confronts them with a question, “What are you looking for?” They call him teacher and ask Him where He is staying, as if to say, “Can you teach us? May we learn more about you?” Jesus replies with an invitation and a promise, saying, “Come, and you will see.” That is what I want. The second person of the Holy Trinity to teach me what is real and guide me along my path of life, and I want to be energized by the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul warns that immorality impedes our ability to find real meaning and purpose in life. It leads us to chase a fake rabbit, but God’s call to us is unceasing as we chase empty desires. It comes in the form of our conscience, we experience anxieties, agitations, fear, and dread. If we turn from immorality, and seek to follow Christ, then we can experience the peace of being a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Samuel heard someone calling him in the night and sought guidance from Eli, who recognized that the Lord was calling the boy, and directed him to respond to the voice by saying, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Samuel had been dedicated to God by his parents from birth, but needed the direction of Eli, to recognize the Lord. Who is there in my life that can help me understand the call of the Lord amidst the many forms of fake rabbits? Is there a John the Baptist, or Eli, to point the way? Mother Church fills this need for us today, leading us to follow Christ through the study of the Gospel, providing us with examples of saints, and strengthening us with the sacraments.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, we baptized Christians are the living stones of the Church, and we are charged to point others to Christ. This happens in conversations at Bible Study or faith discussion groups. It happens when we pray together, especially at the Holy Mass. It happens during conversations in our homes, workplaces, and communities. It happens by functioning as good examples to others. When people respond to our promptings for them to turn to Christ, remind them of His invitation and promise,
“Come, and you will see.”
By: Deacon Mike Dargay, Holy Trinity Parish, Ligonier