Jesus Our Shepherd
John 1:35-42
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The next day John was by the Jordan River again with two of his disciples. Seeing Jesus walk by, John said, "Look! There is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard what John said and followed Jesus.

When Jesus turned around and noticed them following him, he asked them "What are you looking for? They replied, "Rabbi" (which means "teacher"), "where are you staying?" "Come and see," Jesus answered. So they went to see where he was staying, and then spent the rest of the day with him. It was then about four o'clock in the afternoon.

One of the two who had followed Jesus after hearing John was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. The first thing Andrew did was to find Simon Peter and say to him, "We've found the Messiah! (the Anointed One). Andrew brought Simon to Jesus, who looked intently at him and said, "You are Simon, son of Jonah. I will call you 'Rock' - that is, "Peter."

Homily for 19 January 2003
Rev. Jim Ryan

"Here I am. You called me." Samuel, the Prophet

As we begin the liturgical season of Ordinary Time the scripture readings invite us to reflect on discipleship. A disciple, as we know, is one who does two things simultaneously - this person responds to the Call and witnesses God to everyday life.

This Sunday we put a very practical spin to this role of discipleship at Jesus Our Shepherd. We had a discussion in three groups in order to come up with suggestions on how to proceed as a community called by God to pray and to act.

This Sunday our Liturgy of the Word was a living word of our own sharing among ourselves and offering each one's commitment to the building of this community. To speak with each other in faith and trust that we will accept each other and act in concert is to believe that the Spirit still calls us, just as the Prophet Samuel was called in the night.

For us to say, "Here I am. You called me" as did Samuel is to put into practice the great blessings that have come to us at Jesus Our Shepherd as one part of the People of God. The inspirations we receive and the blessings poured out in wanting to welcome all to God's Word and God's Communion Table come with a very real call to action.

We know that God doesn't just want us to come to church and to feel very good about our prayer and then go home and wait for another Sunday. The life of Jesus Christ is one of reaching out to others and to the world. The Word of God must be proclaimed and given positive examples.

So, as we arrive at Mission, Ministry, and Organization (our three discussion groups) we are thankful that God gives us resources to share. We pray for ourselves to have the same willing spirit of the young Samuel. He wasn't certain who was calling or what he was to do once he responded. What he did was to do his best to remain true to the call.

What more could we expect of ourselves as we recognize the One who calls us to act in the same way?