Second Sunday of Ordinary
Cycle B Book 1
Readings: R1) 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 R2) 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 Gos) John 1:35-42
In the Readings of the each Mass celebrated during these past Christmas holidays, we have been meditating on the Birth of Jesus and His life before He began His public ministry. Last Sunday we celebrated His Baptism, carried out by Saint John the Baptist. Today we are gathered here to celebrate the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.
The Gospel Reading shows us Jesus choosing and calling His first disciples. The Gospel Reading tells us that John was with two of his disciples when he saw Jesus go by, and he said of Him: “This is the lamb of God.” When the two disciples heard this, they followed the Master. When Jesus observed that they were following Him, He turned and asked them: “What are you looking for?” And they answered: “Rabbi…, where do you live?” And He said to them, “Come and you will see.” And they stayed with Him the rest of the day.
Andrew, one of the first disciples who followed the Master and who had been a follower of John, after talking with Jesus and hearing His words, decided to speak to his brother, Simon, and tell him about the experience he had lived. And, afterwards, he took him to Jesus who, when He saw him, said, “You are Simon, son of John, you will be called Cephas (which is translated as Peter)”.
When Jesus chose a disciple He demanded of Him total self-giving. And that same thing is what He demands of us. Each human being receives a call from God, a vocation. But even though we are called to do different things, He asks of all of us one thing: total self-giving. All of us have different vocations but the obligation and the responsibility of all of us is to hear the call of God and follow Him faithfully, as the first disciples did.
The Second Reading teaches us that following Christ can bring us difficulties. Saint Paul, in the First Letter to the Corinthians, lists some of the difficulties that we can encounter. First, He talks about sexual immorality, something that is common in our society. Saint Paul warns that the human body was not made to fornicate. And that we should not allow this terrible vice to take hold of us. The city of Corinth, in Greece, was a seaport with a climate of immorality, corruption and sin. Many Christians had allowed themselves to be overcome by that evil vice. They could not distinguish between good and bad.
All that Saint Paul says to the Corinthians should sound familiar to us because today sins against morality are much more public than at that time. And many people, including many Catholics, have started to see the sin of sexual immorality as something that is normal. They do not consider it a sin any more. Let us seriously reconsider. Let us pay attention to what Saint Paul says in the Second Reading: “Whoever fornicates, sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?”
All of us Christians are disciples of Christ. He has called us to follow Him without hesitation and without interposing other things, in other words, truly, with integrity. He asks us to struggle to overcome the immorality that has entered into this society in a shameful way since it is taking control of many people. Let us be careful not to fall into the temptations that we will encounter daily in our path to God.
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