January 14th 2018. Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Gospel: John 1:35-42
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GOSPEL John 1:35-42
The Gospel of the Lord: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
Kieran’s summary . . . In the first reading the Lord is calling Samuel, but Samuel does not recognize the call until he receives the guidance of Eli. In the Gospel, John the Baptist leads Andrew to Jesus, and then Andrew in turn leads Peter to the Lord. That is how the life of faith is: we need others to lead us into a deeper relationship with the Lord, a relationship in which our deepest identity is transformed and our very name is changed, as happened to Simon. And once we have had our own personal and profound encounter with the Lord, then we too can become mediators who lead others to him. How often we try to take our own self-sufficient path! How often we think that we can make progress by going it alone and focussing on ourselves! If we live in this way then we cannot lead others to Christ. This chain of faith is a delicate thing and we can betray it by not heeding the guidance of others, or by becoming false guides who only lead to ourselves. The Lord loves us to participate in his work and to assist in bringing others to the faith. John the Baptist is our great example. He never points to himself but only to Jesus, the true source of independence and freedom.
In the Gospel, people are led to Christ by people who point Jesus out. Then these people in turn lead others to the Lord
Many things are contained in this text for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, but we will use the first reading as the key for reading the Gospel. In the Gospel, John the Baptist sees Jesus and says, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Two of his disciples hear him and begin to follow Jesus. Jesus takes them to where he lives and begins an encounter with them. The passage continues: “