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January 4 John 1:35-42

Today’ Mass Readings

January 4.

John 1:35-42.

Two of John’s disciples asked Jesus where do you live and he said, “Come and see.” The address of Jesus might surprise us.

Can you imagine walking up to a person
you never met before and ask them,
“Where are staying.”

It’s like asking someone,
“What’s your address?

Where do you live?”

It sounds very rude.

But Jesus didn’t mind at all.

In fact, He invites them to “Come and see.”

We often speak about our hearts:

How they need to be pure,
open and receptive to the Lord,
clear of all the clutter of life.

But today’s gospel invites us to know
that the Lord Jesus welcomes us into his heart.

It’s where we can be at home with him,
where he is at his best in us.

Jesus never had an address
after He began his public ministry.

“He had nowhere to lay his head,” the Gospel tells us.

He spent three years with the disciples on the move,
welcoming more and more people to “Come and see”
(what his heart is like).

Everyday, he wants us to “Come and see” a little more.

And every day we do,
we discover that our hearts begin to change
and become like his:
we’re not as fearful, worried or anxious about things;
we are kinder to people; more forgiving;
our moodiness leave us;
our pain and sufferings are a lot more tolerable.

In a word, we are at peace to be ourselves
in any situation with any person.

And why?

Because Jesus now has somewhere to lay his head.

That is where he wants to stay
and make his home in our hearts.

The Church has a name for this intimacy with the Lord.
It is called “contemplative prayer.”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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