Reflection: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – 1Sam 3:3-10,19; Ps.39; 2nd Reading – 1Cor 6:13-15, 17-20; Gospel – Jn.1:35-42]


John was to prepare the way of the Lord. We are told in the Gospel today that John, not only indicated Jesus, but also asked his disciples to ‘look’ at Jesus. It is what John himself did when Jesus passed by. We are told that ‘John stared hard at him’. John who knew Jesus, had to stare hard at him to be able to truly ‘recognise’ Him and therefore be able to indicate who He was to others – the lamb of God. Jesus did the same thing with Simon Peter. We are told that Jesus “looked hard at him” before he spoke to Peter.

With the “seeing” and the “looking” we have other senses mentioned in today’s Gospel. We are told that the disciples of John followed Jesus after they “heard” John “saying” that Jesus is the lamb of God. Then they started a dialogue with Jesus because of which, they “stayed with him the rest of that day” and later became followers of Jesus. It was through the interaction of all these things together that Andrew gave evidence of Jesus recognising Him as “the Messiah”.  The disciples of John needed only a small hint that Jesus is the lamb of God to arrive to see in Him the long awaited Messiah.

What do we need to recognise and get to know Jesus? Maybe we too need to “stare hard” at Him! Surely not with our human eyes… even though we can see the presence of God if we open our eyes carefully and look around us. Are we spending enough time looking with our eyes of faith at Jesus to see the salvation that he wants to give us? He wants to give us a salvation that we can experience, if we create a relationship with Him.  He wants to create a dialogue in which, at the same time, we can “speak with” and we can “listen to” Him.  He wants to create a dialogue which leads us to decide to “stay with” Him. Once we stay with Him we can also recognise who He is – our Saviour. At the same time we come to know who we are – the ones He saves. Therefore, again, we stare hard at Him… And the circle begins again… A circle that never ends unless we break it!

Lord, We are told who you are in various ways. Sometimes we think that this is enough and therefore we do not do anything to get to know you better. We do not do anything to create a relationship with you to understand better what you do for us to show us the love of the Father. In truth, we know about you but we do not know you. Give us the desire to get to know you better Lord.  Thank you Lord!



Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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