2nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 18th January 2015

Come and See Where I Live

You can tell a lot about a person by visiting their house, the place where they live. You can tell if they are organized or disorganized, and the number of books lying around will tell you if they like to read or not. The house of a friend of mine will tell you that she has a soft spot for the weak and helpless, because it houses five cats and one dog, all of which she found abandoned.

Maybe that's why in the gospel today, Jesus tells the curious disciples to come and see where he lived. That would tell them more about him than any words could. It wasn't just his house that Jesus wanted them to see but where he lived, where he spent his life, how he spent his life. And we all know he spent his life with and for others, especially the outcasts, like tax collectors and prostitutes and the poor. His life was about reconciling, healing, and loving. That was where he lived, and that's where he invited the two disciples to come and stay.

The remarkable thing about this story is that it still happens. Every day, people meet Jesus Christ and, by their own admission, they are changed. In meeting Christ, they come in touch with the living God who transforms them by grace and opens up horizons they never dreamed of. They are women and men, old and young, of every race and nationality, yet they all agree on one thing: it can happen to you, too. All you need is to be open, to accept an invitation, to spend a little time with the Lord, and to be willing to go wherever he leads.

Samuel's response to God's call in today's first reading, and the response of the first followers of Jesus in today's Gospel were just the beginning of long, eventful and surprising relationship with Jesus and with others. Our relationship with God in Christ will be no different.

They say you get like the people you live with. The invitation to these two disciples, and to us, to come and see, is an invitation to move into Jesus' living space and allow him to rub off on us. What do we do when we accept that invitation? We spend time in the same space as Jesus. For example, we spend more time in the realm of reconciliation as we forgive ourselves and others. We move closer to the poor the unloved, the rejected in society. We move from being self centred to being other-centred.

Come and see where I live. It's such an innocent invitation. But if we accept it, we'd better be ready for some big changes. We'd better be ready to welcome in the Reign of God.

Fr. Kevin O'Shea, C.M.