JANUARY 17, 2021 2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
You know, the gospel of today is an example of a divine initiative. God takes the first step. God does the first move. It is he who calls us first. God does not wait for us to search and search until we can find him. God himself goes out to meet us, to search/look for us. St Augustine said, "when we go to God we do not go to him who hides himself and keeps us at a distance. We go to him who stands waiting for us, and who even takes the initiative by coming to meet us on the road of life.”
Jesus began by asking the two men in today's gospel the most fundamental question in life, that is, "what are you looking for?". And Jesus invited them with his words, "Come and you will see".
We can also ask ourselves these questions: What are we looking for? What are our aims and goals in life? What are we really trying to get out of our lives? People are searching for security. People dream of a safe life and sound position. They think of money or a family to make their lives happy and their future secured. Others might be searching for stability. These could come from permanent or rewarding careers. People could be working hard for prominence, for prestige, or for popularity. Some could be searching for peace, or for prosperity. People might be looking for success, or for their own salvation. Yet we are reminded: Do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry anymore. All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom and these other things will be given you besides.
Lord it is you that we should look for in life. Give us your grace that we may embrace you, now and forever. Amen.