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Daily Mass Reflections - 1/4

Updated on January 3, 2022

“We have found the Messiah” ~ John 1:41

Having celebrated the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and now cherishing the waning moments of the Christmas Season as the Feast of the Epiphany approaches this Sunday, Scripture begins to shift its focus to that of discipleship. In today’s Gospel (John 1:35-42), Jesus invites his first disciples to come and stay with him.

When reflecting upon this passage, it’s important to take a moment to consider Andrew’s vital role in this tale. It was he who went back to his brother Simon declaring “We have found the Messiah,” a conclusion he came to after spending but a single day with Jesus. Scripture tells us that Andrew would then bring his brother Simon to meet Jesus, prompting Jesus to look at him and say “You are Simon the Son of John; you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.
This would of course trigger the ministry of our 1st Pope, “the Rock” upon which Jesus would build his church, Saint Peter.

This episode underscores the importance of bringing people to Jesus, whether it be through words, actions, prayer, or a combination of the three. We have no way of telling what might come of it. We know that from a faith the size of a mustard seed oftentimes sprouts prolific spiritual achievements. this having been proven time and time again throughout Scripture and in the lives of the Saints. Could you, through simple, ordinary, everyday evangelization, help to foster the next great Saint of our Church?

With God all things are possible.

Today’s Gospel also reminds us that Jesus is proactive in his pursuit of us. Scripture tells us that yes, Jesus is within us, but in addition, we are in Him (John 14:20). That’s an amazing, almost unfathomable concept to reflect upon. But such is God’s love for us.

So as we embark on a New Year, filled with resolutions, promises, hope and expectations, perhaps we can look to focus more sharply on our role as disciples in bringing people to Jesus. Or in bringing people back to Jesus. Discipleship is the greatest gift we can give to our brothers and sisters. It is the greatest proof that we love God, and it is the greatest proof they we love our neighbors. Opportunity abounds in this department, and regardless of your age or personality, you can do this. Go forth with full and total confidence in your ability, for it is the Holy Spirit that will provide you with the things to do and the words to say. You and I are merely the instruments through which God’s Grace flows. Let it flow freely.

“Lord Jesus Christ, you call us to follow you as disciples. Help us to respond wholeheartedly without counting the cost. You have given us every spiritual and material blessing. Show us how to share our gifts with others, and inspire us always to follow your example of generous self-giving. Teach us to give with a joyous and grateful heart that we may provide hope, consolation, and pastoral care to your people and thus give glory and honor to your holy name.” ~ Amen


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