4 January 2019
1 John 3:7-10
My children, do not let anyone lead you astray:
to live a holy life
is to be holy just as he is holy;
to lead a sinful life is to belong to the devil,
since the devil was a sinner from the beginning.
It was to undo all that the devil has done
that the Son of God appeared.
No one who has been begotten by God sins;
because God’s seed remains inside him,
he cannot sin when he has been begotten by God.
In this way we distinguish the children of God
from the children of the devil:
anybody not living a holy life
and not loving his brother
is no child of God’s.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
“‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of the day.”
In today’s Gospel, we read of the familiar phrase, ‘Come and See’. Why didn’t Jesus start to share who He was? Why didn’t He say anything regarding being the Son of God and the Saviour of the world, or that He can move mountains and calm the seas, why didn’t He show off?
I would like to think that the opposite of ‘promotion’ is truly, to be that living example. The world can say what it wants about me, but really, what matters most is how God sees me and how I see myself, and Jesus was very clear of that. ‘Come and See’ because the individual needs to make the first step, there is no point forcing. When we choose to respond, there is also a sense of preparation and openness to what we are going to receive, it is a risk because we do not know what we are going to receive, whether it will be a waste of time or not.
It is important that our senses are always alive, that we don’t just pay attention to things we can see but to be aware of the Holy Spirit moving in our lives. There was a beautiful experience during World Youth Day 2016 in Poland — I was with a friend and we were in one of the churches there. At a certain section within the church, I could feel the Holy Spirit so tangibly and mentioned of the encounter to my friend and he told me he had felt the Holy Spirit too. There was nothing special happening, it was very ordinary but yet at that moment, very special. It is important to move with the Spirit, for through the Spirit is how we are able to grow closer to the heart of Jesus. Moving with the spirit also helps us in our discernment of good and evil, right and wrong, as in the first reading, where we are called to live a holy life and to distinguish the children of God from the children of the devil.
My friends, in our lives today, there are many obstacles, expectations and excuses that prevent us from ‘Come and See’. Deep down, we already know the times when we have chosen many other insignificant worldly materials over Christ, we failed to ‘Come and See’. Today, let us give God a chance, that we respond with no expectations that we remove our ‘appointments’ and make time for Him and to be a witness to say we are deepening our relationship with God; that in our witnessing, we are also evangelising to all those we meet. Amen.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Benjamin Mao)
Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray that we will be more discerning to the works of your spirit, to know where you are leading us, how you are working in our lives and to know and respond to your calling. Help us to grow in love with you and to be grateful for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us.
Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for not placing unrealistic expectations, requirements or prerequisites for us to be a part of your family. Thank you for always being patient, forgiving and continuously not giving up on us. Thank you for your love.