2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah 

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A.  Mensah

First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
Gospel: John 1:35-42

Theme: Come and See



The celebration of the feast of the baptism of the Lord last week ushered us into a new liturgical season of ordinary time. It is called so because the readings are arranged sequentially.

The English word Ordinary comes from the Latin word “ordo” which means sequence. This season unlike, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter celebrates no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ. Instead, the mystery of Christ in all its fullness is celebrated.

After reminding us of our baptism and our new status as adoptive children of God today we are being reminded of our calling.

Explanation of the Text

Our first reading from the first book of Samuel narrates how the young Samuel received his call while sleeping in the Sanctuary. The dramatic presentation of the whole story creates an lasting impression on us as believers.

The Gospel reading also talks to us about the call of first disciples of Christ who would eventually become His apostles and members of the inner cult of his disciples.

There are striking similarities in both calls:

1. Place- The place that one finds himself/herself is very crucial in receiving the call from God. Samuel found himself in the Temple and first disciples of Christ found themselves at bank of the Jordan where John was baptising.

2. Timing- God had to call Samuel four times before finally he responded. In the Gospel reading the two disciples had to stayed with Jesus because it was about the tenth hour.

3. Spiritual direction- In both calls someone had to show the way. Eli directed the young Samuel what to do and John the Baptist pointed out to the two the Lamb of God.

4. Action- lastly in both cases they took action by responding to the call.

The Gospel puts the action of the two disciples beautifully. When Jesus turned and saw them following him, he asked what do you want and they replied where do you stay?

Jesus responded “come, and you will see.” This is possibly my favorite portion of this passage.

Jesus did not inquire, “Who are you?” He didn’t say, “Why should I tell you?” He didn’t say, “What are your qualifications?”
The fact is, Jesus already knew these men. He is God! He knows everything. An example of this occurs just after this when he says He saw Nathanael under the fig tree. Jesus being God, knew these guys.

He could have said, John, I know you. You are a hot-head. You are not worthy of being my disciple. He did not say, “John, I know that you will not be faithful. Even after I invest in you for three years, you will not stay up to pray with me and support me. You will run and hide when I am betrayed.”
But instead of saying those things, Jesus, full of grace and truth, says, ‘Come.’ He invites them to be with him.

This is the invitation God has been giving since He created man. The only problem is that most times, we are too busy or always in a hurry, that we hardly have time to listen to Him. So, we need to be disposed at all times to listen to God.



1 Comment
  1. Frederick Adade says

    The word is worth a reflection done with the intent of knowing the will of God and allowing His will be done.God bless you

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