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Encountering Jesus at His Ministry’s Beginning & End

January 9, 2015

Comparing John 1:35-43 & 20:11-18

  • John the Baptist is with two of his disciples when he points out Jesus “the Lamb of God” passing by. Jesus turns, sees the two disciples following him, and asks, “What are you looking for?
  • Mary of Magdala is with two angels at the empty tomb when Jesus comes by. She turns around and sees Jesus, but does not know it’s him. He asks her, “Whom are you looking for?
  • John the Baptist’s two disciples answer Jesus, “Rabbi, (that is, Teacher) where are you staying?
  • Mary, recognizing the risen Lord, says to him, “Rabbouni!” (which also means Teacher.)
  • Jesus tells the curious duo, (one of whom we are told is St. Andrew the Apostle) “Come, and you will see.
  • Jesus tells the overjoyed Mary, “Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.

Points for Reflection:

St. Mary Magdalene Clings to Jesus□ We first come to Jesus looking for something. (“What are you looking for?”) But we are in fact looking for a Someone. (“Whom are you looking for?”)

□ Our search begins with curiosity, but grows finally into love.

□ Jesus is a Teacher to them all, but he more than a teacher to Mary of Magdela. (Similarly, in Matthew’s telling of the Last Supper, all the apostles call Jesus “Lord,” while Judas calls him merely, “Rabbi.”)

□ Jesus makes the first two apostles, but he makes Mary (as the Church Fathers call her) “the Apostle to the Apostles.

□ Jesus draws us near (“Come and see,”) and then he sends us forth on mission (“Go to my brothers and tell them…”)

□ Jesus’ baptism leads to his tomb and resurrection.

□ Jesus, who dwelt on earth, now dwells with His Father in Our Father’s house. Jesus wills that we come to dwell with him, in Heaven, as it is on earth.


Ordinary Time — Monday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time—Year II

January 12, 2010

Do you notice something different at Mass today? I’m wearing green, because today is the first day of Ordinary Time. This season is not considered that special compared to other Church seasons,  like Lent and Easter, or Advent and Christmas. But Ordinary Time is not so-named because it’s plain. The counting numbers (1, 2, 3, 4…)  are called the ordinal numbers.  Likewise, Ordinary Time counts the weeks of the year.

Green is the liturgical  color of this season.  It symbolizes life and growth. Even if we regard other seasons as more special, we must not close ourselves off to the opportunities for spiritual life and growth in this one.  It was an ordinary day when Jesus encountered Simon and Andrew, James and John working in their boats, but they answered a call that changed their lives. It was another sad, childless trip to Jerusalem for Hannah, but this ordinary time she would receive a special gift from God.

So let us learn from their experience, and be attentive and receptive to the Lord in this ordinary time.