Saturday, January 17, 2015


By Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ

The LORD came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel! Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:10

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.  John 1:40-41

Piety is the response of our lives to the word of the Lord that calls us to find ourselves in him.  We area created to the image and the likeness of God in Christ. Christ is the blueprint of our piety.  It is not simply that we put on the mind and the heart of Christ.  We also have the application of the senses, as part of our prayer where our living and our breathing become the richness of our prayer.  Our first breath is the first prayer of our lives.  Our last breath is the last prayer of our lives.  Our living for the Lord makes us into contemplatives in Action.  Each breath is the living of prayer.  We are calling to the Lord to speak to us and the answer to what the Lord asks of us is our piety.  How we give our lives to the Lord is how we hear the Lord calling us and respond the best we can.  Our piety says to the Lord; “Here I am Lord. I come to do your will.”

Our study teaches us what we need to know to find the Lord in the moment now of our lives.  Like John of our gospel story, we need to be able to point out the Lord.  We hear John calling Christ the Lamb.  The glorious lamb offers himself for the people.  Jesus is the servant called Lamb.  The four suffering Servants psalms of Isaiah describe the destiny of the suffering Servant.  What Christ is meant to be is learnt as the Lamb of God.  He will offer himself up for us.  We study how to follow in his footsteps that we may be like Lambs of God.

Our most important work is not simply to live to the call of the Lord.  We need to bring others to share what we hear from the Lord.  John pointed out Christ to two of his disciples and they followed Jesus.  Jesus asked them what they wanted and they were told to come and to see.  Our study allows us to see what Christ is doing in our lives and allows us to hear the call to follow him.  We follow the Lord in how we share his love with the needy of our world.  When we allow our needs to be met by our friends, we too become Christ to those who help us.  Christ identifies with our needs, too.  It is a win-win situation because it is Christ we care for in our charity and we in Christ’s identifying with our needs become Christ to those who care for us.  Andrew is our exemplar.  Having found Christ, he brings Christ to his brother.  The ripple of our sharing Christ with family goes to our whole world. 

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