Homily for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Theme: JESUS THE MESSIAH…..” Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?”
By: Fr. Lluís RAVENTÓS i Artés
Homily for Sunday January 17 2021
Today, we can see Jesus coming by the banks of the river Jordan: it is Christ walking by! It was about four o’clock in the afternoon, when noticing two young men following him, He asks them «What are you looking for?» (Jn 1:38). And, surprised at the question, they answer «‘Rabbi (which means Master), where are you staying?’. ‘Come and see’» (Jn 1:39).
I am also following Jesus, but… what do I want? what am I seeking? He is who asks me: «Truly, what do you want?». O! if I would only be courageous enough to tell him: «I am seeking you, Jesus», most surely I would have already found him, «For the one who seeks, finds» (Mt 7:8). But I am such a coward and always reply with words not too engaging: «Where are you staying?». But Jesus does not simply put up with my answer; He knows but too well that I do not just need a lot of words, but a friend, The Friend: Him. This is why He tells me: «Come and see», «come and you will see it».
John and Andrew, the two young fishermen, followed him and «saw where He stayed and spent the rest of that day with him» (Jn 1:39). Overwhelmed by this encounter, John will be able to write: «Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ» (Jn 1:17b). And Andrew? He will run to meet his brother to tell him: «We have found the Messiah» (Jn 1:41). «And he brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon, son of John, but you shall be called Cephas’ (which means Rock)» (Jn 1:42).
A rock!, Simon, a rock? Not one of them is able to understand those words. They do not know Jesus has come to build his own Church with living stones. He has already chosen the first two bricks, John and Andrew, and he has decided that Simon will be the rock upon which the whole building will stand.
And, before going to his Father, he will answer our question: «Rabbi, where are you staying?». While blessing his Church, He will answer: «And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age» (Mt 28,20).
Fr. Lluís RAVENTÓS i Artés