We are now back in what the Church calls Ordinary Time, but of course the blessings of Advent and          Christmastide are still accompanying us into the secular new year.


The Church’s time is not ordinary in the way that we normally interpret that word. “Ordinary Time is far from unimportant or uninteresting.”[1]The numbered weeks of Ordinary Time, in fact, represent the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.


   On this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are given a passage from St. John’s Gospel wherein John     the Baptist recognizes Jesus, the Lamb of God and two of John the Baptists disciples, John (though not      mentioned by name, it is assumed it is he as he would have remembered this important incident)) and Andrew, follow the Lord as a result of this extraordinary declaration - “Look, there is the Lamb of God!”[2]


Jesus asks them a penetrating question “What do you want?[3] Each of us is called to answer this question. We are not idly following the call of the Lord. The disciples respond “Rabbi…where do you live.[4] A reasonable question. They get a reasonable answer – “Come and see.[5] Jesus is answering in the Jewish rabbinic tradition which means, “come and we will talk together, find truth, and you will experience truth that I alone can open up to you.”[6]


Andrew goes the following morning to his brother, Simon Peter, simply saying, or, rather, dramatically announcing “We have found the Messiah[7] Off Peter goes accompanied by Andrew to the Messiah. Jesus does not ask Peter any questions, he simply announces You are Simon, son of John, you are to be called Cephas.


Of course, Peter, like us, has to take on board the conditions of discipleship, just as each one of us is called to do every moment of mostly ordinary days.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP


[1] https://www.thoughtco.com/ordinary-time-in-the-catholic-church-542442

[2] John 1:36

[3] https://www.thoughtco.com/ordinary-time-in-the-catholic-church-542442

[4] John 1:39

[5] Ibid.

[6] http://www.oblates.org/homily-helps-feed/2nd-sunday-in-ordinary-time-january-14-2018

[7] John 1:41

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