What Do you Seek?
Jesus asked the disciples of John the Baptist, who followed him, “What do you seek?” (John 1: 38). This is a pertinent question of faith each of us needs to answer. To be precise, what do we seek in Jesus? Why do we seek Jesus? We are all seekers after Jesus, like the Wise Men from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem to behold baby Jesus, the savior of the world. We seek the Rabbi, the teacher. We want to know Him whom we worship. After spending the day with Jesus, the disciples got to know Jesus as the Lamb of God and the Messiah-the Christ. We, too, need to be taught daily by the Lord Jesus. He will reveal himself to us as a divine person. We need to spend quality time with him and listen; each of us needs to have this personal experience. Make a daily commitment to knowing more about the person of Jesus in prayers and meditation on the Sacred Scriptures.
One of the truths we shall learn about Jesus is that he is Lord and giver of life. He came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). In this light, let us celebrate life by observing the different life-giving events coming up this week.
Monday, January 18, is the celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. On Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate the life of a great American who fought for racial equality and harmony and are urged to pray for the end of racial discrimination in our country. I invite you to join me in that prayer at Mass on Monday, January 18.
The entire week, beginning Monday, January 18 through Monday, January 25, is also dedicated to prayers for Christian Unity. I invite you to pray throughout the week for Christian unity here in Elizabethtown and throughout the world. There are a lot of things we Christians of different traditions share in common that we can celebrate. One example is the weekly Scripture reflection at the Starbarn. On Wednesday at 7:30 am, Dave Abel and his team welcome all Christian denominations to reflect on Sunday Mass readings and pray as one family.
Friday, January 22, is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade to make legal the violation of the human person's dignity through the act of abortion. We pray and do penance for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, not only for the lives of innocent babies in the wombs of their mothers but all human lives. At the celebration of the Mass, we offer Jesus, the Lamb of God, to our Father in heaven as reparation for sin and source of eternal life. May we live what we profess as we become what we eat and drink, the body and blood of Jesus. Please do penance and attend the Mas “For giving thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” that I will celebrate on Friday, January 22.
Have a week of living encounters with Jesus.
Fr. Bernard, OP