Deacon Greg’s homily for this weekend is especially good, and powerfully useful, I think:
In the gospel, when the men who want to follow Jesus ask him where he is staying, he doesn’t give them a direct answer.
“Come,” he says, “and you will see.”
On one level, he’s inviting them to follow him. But more importantly: he is also inviting them to see. To have their eyes opened. The Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world – and who will soon give sight to the blind! — is inviting them to no longer be blind.
“Come and you will see.”
Imagine being there, standing beside Christ, hearing that invitation. Would we follow?
What do we hope to see?
What are we looking for?
These readings are about discipleship, but they also about vocation. They come as the church concludes a week dedicated to Vocation Awareness. And they should stir questions in all of us about what God is calling us to do with our lives. Because each of us has a vocation of some sort – whether as a priest or deacon, as a religious or lay person, as a parent or a spouse, as a single man or woman. Each of us is being called to do something great for God, something to build up His kingdom here on earth.
The world is hungry for Christ. We can satisfy that hunger, in some small way, when we receive Christ in the Eucharist and leave this sacred place and bring him, within us, to others. The Body of Christ transforms us. And it can help us transform the world. As we prepare to receive him, then, we pray for a deeper understanding of what he wants us to do, where he wants us to go, how he wants us to fulfill our lives. In other words: how he wants us to make him present.
Most heartening to me is the story he includes the story of Marilyn Rich, which reminds us that God is never “done” with us–that if we only give over to his lead, he will bring us to the most surprising, unexpected and, yes, joy-filled places. If only we trust in him. . . that most difficult, and most rewarding thing.
Reminds me of one of my favorite scripture verses, from Lamentations:
The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies not over and done; every morning they are renewed, so great is his faithfulness. . .
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