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Blessed Virgin Mary

Weekly Reflection

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 'B'

January 14, 2024

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Jn 1:35-42

The main theme of today’s Scripture readings is Divine vocation – that everyone is called by God to be a witness for Christ by doing something for others with his or her life, using his or her unique gifts and blessings. Today’s readings remind us of our personal and communal call to become witnesses for Jesus, the Lamb of God.

The First Reading describes how Yahweh called Samuel to His service and how the boy Samuel responded to Him, saying, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Hence, God blessed him in the mission entrusted to him, and Samuel became an illustrious figure, ranking with Moses and David as a man of God.

In the Responsorial Psalm, the psalmist sings, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will,” indicating that his vocation is to obey, to do what God commands him to do.

In the Second Reading, St. Paul explains to the Corinthians that their Divine call is a call to holiness. Hence, they need to keep their bodies pure and souls holy because by Baptism they have become parts of Christ’s Body and the temples of the Holy Spirit.

In the Gospel, John the Baptist claims that his vocation is to introduce Jesus to two of His disciples as the “Lamb of God,” suggesting Jesus’ vocation to become a sacrificial lamb to atone for our sins. The disciples followed Jesus to His place, accepting His invitation to “come and see.” They stayed with Him that day. Then Andrew brought his brother Simon to Jesus, introducing Jesus to him as the Messiah. So today’s Gospel describes also the call, or vocation, of the first apostles and challenges us to invite others to Christ by our Christian witnessing.

We live like the Lamb of God by leading pure, innocent, humble, selfless lives, obeying Christ’s Commandment of Love by appreciating the loving providence and protecting care of the Good Shepherd in His Church. We do so also by receiving the Body and Blood of the Good Shepherd in the Holy Eucharist and obtaining spiritual strength through prayer and the Sacraments.

We are called to die like the Lamb of God: by sharing sacrificially our blessings of health, wealth, and talents with others in the family, parish and community; by bearing witness to Christ in our illness, pain and suffering through our acceptance of all of it and by offering our sufferings for God’s glory.

To bear witness to the Lamb of God requires a personal experience of Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We get this personal of experience of Jesus in our daily lives through the meditative reading of the Bible, through personal and family prayers and through our active participation in the Eucharistic celebration. Once we have experienced the personal presence of Jesus in our daily lives, we will start sharing with others the Good News preached and lived by Jesus.