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1 John 3:7-10; John 1:35-42

"What are you looking for?" Jesus asks Simon Peter and Andrew.

Simon Peter and his brother Andrew were restless. They had become disciples of John the Baptist, hoping he could speak to their restlessness. They were baptized in the Jordan River by John as a sign of repentance. Yet John's baptism was not enough. They were looking for more.

Then Jesus comes into view. John immediately directs them to Jesus releasing them from himself, "Behold the Lamb of God." And they follow Jesus.

"Rabbi, where are you staying?" they ask Jesus. Jesus invites them to come and see. They come and remain with him. They had found what they were seeking.

"What are you looking for?" Jesus also asks us. Though Jesus comes to our planet as universal saviour of humankind, he also comes as personal saviour of each believer.

The beginning of a new year invites us to reflect upon what we are looking for from our relationship with Jesus at this moment in our lives.

Each season in life involves new life challenges and hence new needs for Jesus' help.

Early in our lives we seek Jesus' guidance for choosing careers and vocations; we may also need guidance for choosing spouses.

As our lives evolve we seek guidance and strength for dealing with spouses and raising children.

Then as careers develop we are in danger of being drawn in the secularity and materialism of our culture, and so we seek strength from Jesus to remain faithful disciples amid the successes or disappointments of our careers.

Finally as our senior years emerge we need Jesus to sustain us amid declining physical strength and mental alertness.

"What are you looking for?" The beginning of each new year is an opportunity to take a fresh look at this question. What are we looking for from our relationship with Jesus at this stage in our lives? Where do we want Jesus to enter our lives more fully in order to remain his faithful disciples in 2019?

 

By Richard Hauser

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)