Sunday, January 15, 2012

Men do not decide their future. They decide their habits and their habits decide their future

Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard. --Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Gospel text (Jn 1,35-42): As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus walked by, John looked at him and said, «There is the Lamb of God». On hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. He turned and saw them following, and He said to them, «What are you looking for?». They answered, «Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?». Jesus said, «Come and see». So they went and saw where he stayed and spent the rest of that day with him. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard what John had said and followed Jesus. Early the next morning he found his brother Simon and said to him, «We have found the Messiah» (which means the Christ), and he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, «You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas» (which means Rock).

We also are following Jesus, but… what do we want? what are we seeking? Christ then asks us: «Truly, what do you want?». O! if we would only be courageous enough to tell him: «I am seeking you, Jesus», most surely we would have already found him, «For the one who seeks, finds» (Mt 7:8). But if we are honest with ourselves, we will discover that we lack courage and always reply with words: «Where are you staying?». But Jesus does not simply put up with our answer; He knows all too well that we do not just need a lot of words, but a friend, The Friend is Him!

This is why He tells us: «Come and see», «come and you will see it».

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