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Jan 17 Homily Connect: Come and See Jesus

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

1SM 3:3B-10,19, 1COR 6:13C-15A, 17-20, JN 1:35-42

Scripture

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.

My Brother and “Come and See!”

The Question of Andrew and His Companion

  • Disciples of John the Baptist inquire, “Where do you live?”
  • Jesus graciously invites them “Come and See!”
  • Perhaps excitement in the heart of Jesus-
  • Two perspective new friends
  • Watershed moment for Andrew and companion
  • How else do you explain “It was three o’clock in the afternoon!”

Jesus the Lord of Many Invitations

  • Never tires of inviting us to “Come and See!”
  • Jesus offers to refresh us when we are tired
  • Learn from me because I am gentle and humble of heart
  • Spend quality time with me
  • “Be still and know that I am the Lord.” Psalm 46
  • Be still and know.  Be still and Be.

The Beauty of an Intimate Experience with the Lord

  • Prayer takes us deeper into the heart of Jesus
  • As our heart speaks to His heart, no need for words
  • Like a beautiful couple being married for years
  • No longer need to speak so many words

Come and See-Jesus is the Way-His way

  • Not one of domination
  • Taught/lived service, forgiving, transformative non-violence
  • Not about rules and regulations
  • Engaged everyone with respect, welcome, mutuality
  • Does not want us to feel like victims
  • Empowers us with vision of faith, hope, love
  • Empowers us to change the world

Jesus Invites – “Come and See!”

  • Let me love you!
  • Let me shower you with gifts to embrace my way!

Questions for Reflection

  • What impacted you from today’s Readings and/or homily?
  • Do you ever have moments where Jesus is calling you to “Come and See?”
  • In those moments, have you come closer to knowing Jesus’ way?
  • Has ongoing encounter with Jesus in prayer helped you to need less words?

Live Connected

  • Plan some time for “Come and See” moments with Jesus this week. Make note of what you hear.
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