Second Sunday of Ordinary Time January 17, 2021

John 1:35-42 Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.

Saint Anthony the Great 

John 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.

Sunday Readings 

Reflection: 

“Pit Senyor!” (short for “Sangpit sa Senyor!” “Ask, Plead, or Call upon the Lord!”) can be heard often during the Sinulog Festival all over the Philippines. Begging the Lord, imploring the Lord’s mercy and compassion during this Feast of the Sto.Niño reminds me of Pope Francis’ message on his visit to the Philippines in 2015. He wanted us to beg the Lord, not to be afraid to ask for the Lord’s help. At times, we become so self-sufficient and self-righteous. We feel that we don’t need God’s help, that we can do everything on our own.  It’s dangerous. We will be playing God. And when we play God, we lose sight of our limits, our weakness, our need for one another, our need for God. In this time of pandemic, our limits are truly tested. We realize that no man is an island, that we need one another, that we need God. On this day’s feast, let us be like children once again: vulnerable, fragile, needing guidance and help from the Abba whom the Holy Child trusted and loved. We come to God, our Father and Mother, begging for economic reform, political stability, availability of vaccines, for our ageing parents, for our sick relatives and friends, and for our personal intentions. God zealously listens to the pleas of God’s children because God truly cares for us. When we beseech God, we are showing God our faith and trust in Him/Her, not our weakness. Because begging God is never a sign of weakness, but of humility, as the Holy Child shows us. When we look around, when we watch and listen to the news locally and globally, what is it that invites us to pray for? What is it that moves us to cry, “Pit Senyor!”?

by Fr. Jovito Dales, SSC